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New Pro Bono Rule Allows Outside Supervision of Work

New York Law Journal, September 2, 2015

New Pro Bono Rule Allows Outside Supervision of Work

The New York Court of Appeals has broadened the rule requiring 50 hours of pro bono service for those seeking admission to the bar, allowing for remote supervision of pro bono work….Bar groups and law school officials sent the court a letter in June, noting several scenarios that would be excluded under the initial rule. The letter said the global practice of law now may involve teams of lawyers worldwide using shared secured documents and video conferencing. “Close physical proximity is no longer the mark of supervision in law firms or law schools,” said the letter from the Association of Pro Bono Counsel, the New York City Bar Association‘s Committee on Pro Bono and Legal Services and law school officials from Columbia, New York University and Fordham.

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