Lippman Unveils Rule Detailing Bar Admission Pro Bono Mandate
September 20, 2012
The first-in-the-nation requirement will take effect immediately for first- and second-year law students, who will have up to 34 months to fulfill the 50-hour mandate. Current third-years are exempt.
Panel Is Tasked to Suggest Ways to Enact Pro Bono Requirement
May 23, 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.
Essay: A Pro Bono Alternative
May 21, 2012
Michael Barrett, a former deputy commissioner for criminal justice programs at the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, writes: The leaders of the bar should work to eliminate barriers to performing pro bono services, not relegate the responsibility to the most ill-equipped among us. Otherwise, I fear that serving the indigent will come to be viewed as little else but a burdensome condition precedent for entering the profession; a condition that, once met, will thereafter be seen as the responsibility of the next class of prospective attorneys instead of responsibility that should continuously be shared by us all.
Past the Bar: Required Pleading
May 8, 2012
New York's new mandate that would-be attorneys need notch 50 hours of pro bono-related service as a prerequisite for bar admission would make even harder the toughest gig in the business - making it in New York, as a practicing attorney. And that is a good thing . . . or could be.
Essay: Pro Bono as a Prerequisite to Admission: Where Do We Go From Here?
May 7, 2012
Esther F. Lardent, president and chief executive officer of the Pro Bono Institute, offers her take on New York's bold move: In this time of crisis for legal services and for the courts, we need big, audacious ideas and bold, outside-the-box thinking. However, we need to temper that boldness.
While Pro Bono Goal Applauded, Questions About Details Abound
May 7, 2012
Each year since Katrina inundated the Gulf Coast, Touro Law Center students have spent breaks in Louisiana and Mississippi performing pro bono work for residents who are still trying to recover. Now, however, the executive director of Touro's public advocacy center is wondering how the students' "really wonderful work" will be affected by a new requirement that will make pro bono service a prerequisite for admission to New York's bar, and he is not alone in asking questions.
Lippman Announces Pro Bono Requirement for Bar Admission
May 2, 2012
Starting in 2013, prospective lawyers must show that they have performed at least 50 hours of law-related pro bono service as a requirement for admission to the New York state bar, Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman said yesterday.