New lawyers will have to do 50 hours of pro bono work to pass the New York bar

This is one way for the state to help financially-strapped people get the free legal advice they need: a mandate for recent law school grads to volunteer more than four dozen hours to help those who need their counsel the most.

“With this initiative, New York will lead the way in stating loudly and clearly that service to others is an indispensable part of our legal training,” Lippman said today at an annual Law Day event at the state Court of Appeals in Albany.


Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman in the news

tjndc5-5nwywkgizms1465wj607_thumbnailWhile the jury in the Werner Lippe murder trial continues deliberations, The New York Times has written an interesting story about the state’s highest-ranking judge, Jonathan Lippman, who lives right here in Westchester County (Rye Brook to be exact).

Now that he’s been in office more than a year, the differences between him and his predecessor, former Chief Judge Judith Kaye, are beginning to show.

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