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Should Lawyers Be Required To Volunteer Services?

Lawyers new to the state bar will be required to do pro bono work for government agencies, non-profits, or the poor, according to a report.

Lawyers who want to join the New York State Bar will be required to do some pro bono work, according to The New York Times.

Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman told the paper that the approximately 10,000 lawyers who join the State bar will each be required to do 50 hours of work for free.

The move, he said, would bring half a million hours of legal representation and services only to those with noncriminal legal problems, such as domestic violence and foreclosure.

The requirement would be fulfilled by representing clients in civil court, or volunteering for a nonprofit.

Working for a government agency would also fulfill the requirement.

Whether lawyers who move to New York in the middle of their career will need to fulfill the requirement is still unclear, according to the paper.

Michael Feiner May 02, 2012 at 03:28 PM
There should've been dozens of pro bono lawyers helping our neighborhoods appeal ridiculous variances granted by the Board of Standards and Appeals!
Jenny May 02, 2012 at 05:34 PM
plunbers and electricians don't make anywhere near the money that really high paid lawyers do. it's apples and oranges.
cmjake May 03, 2012 at 11:07 AM
Like an "internship". Other professions have it while in training. Mr. Feiner, I agree. Would have been helpful to our society. Civic Associations are volunteer run and have no resources to pay for representation.
max May 03, 2012 at 01:43 PM
They get out of school with a high debt load. The last thing they need is to work without pay. Let the experienced and successful donate their time!
Jenny May 03, 2012 at 02:40 PM
maybe there should be a standard set. lawyers who have been practicing for a certain amount of time, have established themselves are earning a decent amount of money. clearly not people who were just students with huge debt. that's not reasonable.

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