Colton v. Oshrin – Case Brief Summary (New York)

In Colton v. Oshrin, 155 Misc 383, 384, 278 NYS 146 (1934), a court explained why the equitable claims raised by petitioner herein may not be accorded any weight.

The court held:

"it would be subversive of the correct administration of justice and of our courts to permit unauthorized persons to practice law as attorneys therein. It is therefore, not a matter of penalizing any one ... but, rather, a matter of vindicating the dignity of the court and of an honorable profession that the rule has been established that all proceedings participated in by such an unauthorized person are rendered nugatory and ineffectual. In this view therefore, actual prejudice to any party need not be shown, but is conclusively presumed."