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New state bar pro bono rules to be unveiled

Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman is set to unveil the Unified Court System’s new 50-hour pro bono service requirement for New York bar admission Wednesday.

Implementation of the new rule is being facilitated by the Advisory Committee on New York State Pro Bono Bar Admission Requirements, appointed last May. The committee’s co-chairs will be among the participants.

The new rule aims to provide meaningful experiences that instill in bar applicants a career-long commitment to pro bono work and public service, also addressing the urgent legal needs of the poor in this time of diminished resources.

Scheduled to join Judge Lippman at 11 a.m. at New York University School of Law in Manhattan are Dean Richard Revesz; attorney Michelle J. Anderson, dean, City University of New York School of Law; Judge Victoria A. Graffeo, associate judge, Court of Appeals; and attorney Alan Levine, partner, Cooley LLP; and attorney Esther F. Lardent, president and CEO, Pro Bono Institute. Judge Graffeo and Levine are co-chairs of the Advisory Committee

In addition, law students will discuss their recent pro bono and public service work, and its positive impact on their personal and professional lives.