Lippman Unveils Rule Detailing Bar Admission Pro Bono Mandate

, New York Law Journal

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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.

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  • Ms.March

    I say bravo and lets get the show on the road! Justice Lippman must be aware of what I learned by operating pro se in the NYS Court system. I learned that justice does not exist if you are too poor to hire a lawyer and the moving party has money to hire an expensive, experienced lawyer.
    The laws of NYS sound so just and wonderful when I read them. Then, in court, they become as relevant as Chaucer's poems. Pro se litigants are dismissed as ignorant intruders who do not have the Club Card. A law student by my side would be as powerful as a white National Guard soldier holding the hand of a little black girl as she enters an all white, previously segregated school for the first time.
    So do know that justice is not working down here, and if you care about justice at all, be happy to revive it bit by bit. Lippman, for whatever reason, knows there is no cake to eat down here in the trenches..

  • amy williams

    Yeah, this is really a prestigious issue that's first in the nation requirement will take effect immediately. Also thanks for publish New York bar pro bono requirement for applicants. Thanks to know more about admission circular

  • KST

    Unless I am missing something, it is not exactly accurate to say that current 3rd year students are exempt from this requirement. The timing of the rules applicability hinges on the timing of admission to the bar, not a student's status in law school when the rule was enacted. Practically speaking, most May 2013 graduates would, in fact, be admitted before January 2015, but a student who had to retake the bar, for example, or who neglected to file the paperwork in time, or whose admission was held up by the character and fitness committee for some reason could conceivably be required to complete the 50 hours.

  • Michael A. Hense

    i'm sorry... but whatever comes from the mouth of this man is tainted by the fact that his signature prominently heads the dismissal of an Appeal to "his" NY Court Of Appeals, NY's highest court, where it states that this man saw "no serious constitutional question" on the issue of a NY State Court Judge's action ordering the immediate disposition of property without a prior hearing and prior to the dissolution of the marriage..

    the man seems ignorant of the due process clause of the Constitution of The United States... the same due process that President Obama just spoke about in his speech before the United Nations..

    and now he has the audacity to promote this... as if it were really his intentions to do the right thing for the disenfranchised, when in fact, he is the one who disenfranchises every law abiding New Yorker...

    don't sip this brand of KoolAide...

    --Michael Hense is Searching For Rule Of Law In America

  • Michael A. Hense

    i'm sorry... but whatever comes from the mouth of this man is tainted by the fact that his signature prominently heads the dismissal of an Appeal to "his" NY Court Of Appeals, NY's highest court, where it states that this man saw "no serious constitutional question" on the issue of a NY State Court Judge's action ordering the immediate disposition of property without a prior hearing and prior to the dissolution of the marriage..

    the man seems ignorant of the due process clause of the Constitution of The United States... the same due process that President Obama just spoke about in his speech before the United Nations..

    and now he has the audacity to promote this... as if it were really his intentions to do the right thing for the disenfranchised, when in fact, he is the one who disenfranchises every law abiding New Yorker...

    don't sip this brand of KoolAide...

    --Michael Hense is Searching For Rule Of Law In America

  • Robert A

    Look if doctors or practitioners of medicine are required to work a residency without receiving compensation, is it really that much to ask a practitioner of law to do the same thing? Not to mention in my view it will make lawyers better prepared since most lawyers have little practical experience by the time they have passed the bar.
    @ayalatax.com

  • Indentured servitude is alive and living in New York under Lippman. Very generous with other people's time and effort. How about people who work or worked for the office of court administration doing 50 hours pro bono also?

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