Review your retainer agreement. Schedule an appointment with your current lawyer or consult with another one ASAP there are time deadlines for appeals and to make motions to reargue.
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Hi, Buffalo. I assume you're the same person who asked a similar question yesterday here http://bit.ly/10sW6AW which was asked and answered with a new detail: the attorney was a pro bono attorney working for free. (Better to include this kind of relevant fact update in the "Additional Information" box of your original question or in a comment in response to an answer rather than to start a new thread...especially if you don't like the answers you are hearing...don't shoot the messenger...we're only trying to help :-)
It's possible you could complain to the state bar authorities that regulate the attorney, in your case, the Fourth Department here http://bit.ly/10sW6AW but my guess is that if the attorney didn't have a retainer letter with you (a binding contract) and never took money from you to do the work, his promises to fight for you until the death aren't going to raise a lot of eyebrows with the Appellate Judges and staff that regulate emails, despite the emails and the Harley allegations. If he moved out of state, he's not that interested in his NY law license, obviously, and continuing to practice in the state.
Generally speaking, contracts that cannot be completed in a year, like seeing your litigation through to the end require written agreements and "consideration" (payment in return for his promise of performance, a normal contract rule, and the "statute of frauds" requiring written contracts).
Grievance committees are more concerned with an attorney is stealing clients' money by taking retainers without performing the work or communicating with the client, making fraudulent legal papers, or stealing client escrow moneys. I don't think a grievance committee would enforce an obligation to complete a pro bono assignment where there's no consideration (payment by the client). I could be wrong, and you can complain, but it doesn't seem like a winner to me.
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There are circumstances where an attorney may withdraw that do not violate ethical, moral, or legal obligations. How the authorities will view each situation almost always begins with the written representation agreement--what do its provisions state regarding the agreement between the attorney and the client.
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