The Historical Society of the Courts of the State of New York will take a look at the history and the future of pro bono in New York state on Tuesday, Feb. 19, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The event, which is open to the public, will be at the New York City Bar, 42 W. 44th St.
Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman will present remarks and former chief judge Judith Kaye will interview current state Court of Appeals Judge Robert Smith about Smith's experiences defending death penalty cases pro bono.
In addition, the president of the Pro Bono Institute, Esther Lardent, will moderate a discussion about the future of pro bono involving Legal Aid Society Attorney-in-Chief Steven Banks, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law Dean Matthew Diller, Southern District Judge Victor Marrero and Helaine Barnett, the chairwoman of Lippman's Task Force to Expand Access to Civil Legal Services in New York.
Attendees can register at www.nycourts.gov/history, and inquiries about the event can be directed to History@nycourts.gov or 914-824-5864.