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New York Law Journal, December 13, 2013

Q&A: Allen Charne

Allen Charne, the longtime executive director of the New York City Bar Legal Referral Service (LRS) has been the leader and innovator of a program that annually fields more than 75,000 calls from consumers and makes more than 23,000 referrals in matters ranging from torts to bankruptcy to matrimonial issues and beyond....Charne, who had been in private practice in San Diego before taking on the challenges of the referral service, looks back with pride at his time with the program, which, in addition to its day-to-day work informing the public of the role of lawyers, under what circumstances legal advice is needed, answering basic legal questions and referring callers to qualified counsel, also stepped up to coordinate thousands of lawyer volunteers to help fellow New Yorkers affected by 9/11.

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