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Pro-Bono Service by In-House Counsel Can Help Close the Justice Gap

Jonathan Lippman, Chief Judge of the State of New York, writes about recently recommended rule changes and strategies that would enable in-house attorneys to provide pro bono legal services on behalf of the poor in New York.

The Court's Road to Recovery

A. Gail Prudenti, Chief Administrative Judge of the New York State Unified Court System, writes: For New York's courts, it is a time to reflect upon all we have accomplished in 2013, while resolving to confront the challenges of the year ahead and laying the foundation to hopefully embark on the road to recovery.

Juvenile Justice Reform Must Be a Priority

Luis A. Gonzalez, Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, First Department, writes: We need to tailor our criminal justice system to recognize the role of maturation in the prosecution and punishment of adolescent offenders.

Veterans Treatment Courts Strike a Balance

Randall T. Eng, Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, Second Department, writes: The Veterans Treatment Courts strike a balance between upholding the rule of law and assisting those men and women who have served our country and to whom we owe a debt of gratitude.

Second Chances: Settlement on Appeal

Karen K. Peters, Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, Third Department, writes: The Civil Appeals Settlement Program makes the practice of law more efficient and productive by providing the opportunity to settle disputes in seven different locations.

Addressing the Future of Legal Education

Henry J. Scudder, Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, Fourth Department, writes: NYSBA President David Schraver is leading a year-long discussion on how best to prepare new attorneys for admission to the bar. It is a topic worthy of our attention.

Summit Will Emphasize Academia and Future of the Profession

David M. Schraver, President of the New York State Bar Association, writes: The NYSBA Presidential Summit will host two panels with impressive participants from various professional backgrounds to discuss the state of legal education and the future of the profession.

Tackling the Complex Problem of Human Trafficking

Glenn Lau-Kee, President-Elect of the New York State Bar Association, writes: The exploitation of adults and children for commercial sex and forced labor—"modern day slavery"—is recognized as an international problem, but its widespread and pervasive dimensions in the United States are only now coming into focus.

Supporting Revision Commission and Promoting Section Diversity

Pamela M. Sloan, Chair of the Family Law Section, writes: The section believes the New York Law Revision Commission's recommendations should be implemented, and the Executive Committee has worked hard to make section membership diverse.

Racial and Gender Equality on the Bench

Rachel Kretser, Chair of the Judicial Section, highlights section accomplishments, particularly the section's report that will compare the numbers of women, African Americans, Hispanics and Asians on the bench to the numbers in the population as a whole.

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