Lippman (See Profile) said the administrative board also has adopted a new requirement that lawyers begin to self-report how many pro bono hours they provide and how much money they contribute to pro bono providers.
"Lawyers want to do the right thing and I think by making them report, they'll either put in the hours that they do or, if they're really sheepish about it and they haven't put in enough, they'll put in the big contributions to a legal services provider," Lippman said after his speech.
Announced a committee to develop a pilot program that would allow people who cannot afford a lawyer to receive "low-cost" guidance from qualified non-attorneys on simpler legal matters. The committee will be chaired by Roger Maldonado of Balber Pickard Maldonado and Fern Schair of Fordham University School of Law.
Promised to file legislation to require that the lender's attorney in a mortgage foreclosure action file a certificate declaring that there is a reasonable basis to begin the action at the initial filing of the summons and complaint rather than with the filing of a request for judicial intervention. This is aimed at the "shadow docket" of foreclosures that has developed in recent years.
Announced the appointment of Robert Haig of Kelley Drye & Warren as chairman of a permanent Commercial Division Advisory Council that will review the recommendations of a recent task force (NYLJ, Jan. 24).
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