Not All Attys Thrilled With NY's New Pro Bono Requirement

Law360, New York (September 21, 2012, 6:43 PM EDT) -- New York's decision to force aspiring legal eagles to complete 50 pro bono hours before they can apply for admission to the state bar has won high-profile praise from many quarters, but it has also triggered grumbling among lawyers who see philosophical and practical issues with the new rules.

Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman, citing a critical unmet need for civil legal services in Empire State courts — which he calls the "emergency rooms of our society" — pushed through rules this week which, effective in 2015,...
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