Last year, New York became the first state to mandate pro bono hours for all new lawyers before admission the state bar. It was reported this week that those hours will now be public information; information about an attorney’s pro bono hours and financial contributions made to groups that provide legal services to the poor – collected during the biennial registration – will be made available to anyone who requests it.
New York Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman, who first announced the pro bono requirement last year, commented on the public disclosure policy: “From my perspective, it is my responsibility as the steward of the justice system to meet the primary mission of fostering equal justice in our state . . . I have no reservations whatsoever that we are not doing exactly what we should be doing to ensure equal justice.”
Read more about New York’s bono disclosure policy, here.
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