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Panel Is Tasked to Suggest Ways to Enact NY Pro Bono Requirement

Friday, May 25, 2012

 Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman yesterday announced the creation of an advisory committee that will make recommendations on how to implement a new pro bono service requirement set to become a prerequisite in 2013 for admission to the New York bar.

Lippman introduced the committee at an event at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law that brought together leaders from New York law schools and legal aid organizations, as well as members of the judiciary, practitioners and students to discuss how law schools can help address the unmet legal needs of low-income New Yorkers.

"I believe it is time to connect the dots between the ongoing professional responsibility of lawyers to perform pro bono service and the experience of law students," Lippman said. "If pro bono is a core value of our profession—and it is—and if we aspire to have all practicing attorneys devote a meaningful portion of their time to public service—and we do—-these ideals ought to be instilled from the start, with the hands-on experience of helping others with our legal skills as a prerequisite to meaningful membership in the bar of our state."

 

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