NY Will Require 50 Pro Bono Hours For Entrance To Bar

Law360, New York (May 1, 2012, 10:44 PM EDT) -- New York will become the first state to make pro bono service a requirement for admission to the bar, New York Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman said Tuesday at the Court of Appeals' Law Day celebrations.

Calling on new attorneys to demonstrate a commitment to benefiting the community and fostering equal justice, Judge Lippman announced that a minimum of 50 hours of pro bono service will be required of all attorneys seeking admission to the bar in New York.

"It is the legal profession’s commitment to equal...
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