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Pro Bono and Legal Services Committee

The Pro Bono and Legal Services Committee addresses issues surrounding pro bono work by attorneys and advocates for efforts to provide legal services to those in need. The Committee is composed of representatives from law firms, legal service providers, corporations and law schools and is currently engaged in significant efforts to study and enhance access to justice. The Committee participates in selecting the Association's Legal Services Award winners and recommends potential appointees to Boards of legal services organization to the Executive Committee.


Recent Reports

Pro Bono Competencies Analysis (January 2014) ( PDF ) 
Subject area: Pro Bono Competencies

Letter to Chief Judge Lippman regarding the definition of pro bono under 22 NYCRR Part 118 which requires lawyers to disclose the number of pro bono hours provided during the reporting period (May 2013) ( PDF ) 
Subject area: Pro Bono Reporting Requirement

Proposed Amendment of New York’s Code of Judicial Conduct (22 NYCRR §100.3(B)(12)), relating to a Judge’s Role in Facilitating the Ability of Unrepresented Litigants to have their Matters Fairly Heard (March 2013) ( PDF ) 
Subject area: Unrepresented Litigants


Resources

Statement of Pro Bono Principles ( PDF )

Signatories to the Statement of Pro Bono Principles ( PDF )