PointofLaw.com
 Subscribe Subscribe   Find us on Twitter Follow POL on Twitter  
   
 
   

 

 

New York pro bono requirement

| No Comments


Details are sketchy, but New York state appears to be about to initiate a program requiring its 10,000 annual applicants to the bar to demonstrate 50 hours of supervised pro bono work as a prerequisite. [NY Times; Justice Lippman speech]

My view is that this proposal imposing a tax on attorneys is preferable to proposals taxing a broader tax base for the same thing under the guise of "civil Gideon." (More preferable still would be to make the requirement a substitute for, rather than in addition to, barriers to entry like the bar exam and CLE requirements.) On the other hand, fifty hours of an inexperienced attorney is perhaps comparable to twenty hours of an experienced attorney's work, so one questions how much of a gap this requirement will close. My greater concern is that the breadth of pro bono will be inconsistently applied to permit attorneys to engage in societally counterproductive activity characterized as "pro bono," but that a double standard will preclude work for the Institute for Justice or Center for Individual Rights.

(If, however, "work for a non-profit" can be out of state, I am happy to take requests to provide the Center for Class Action Fairness LLC.fifty hours of pro bono work. CCAF is not affiliated with the Manhattan Institute.)

Leave a comment

Once submitted, the comment will first be reviewed by our editors and is not guaranteed to be published. Point of Law editors reserve the right to edit, delete, move, or mark as spam any and all comments. They also have the right to block access to any one or group from commenting or from the entire blog. A comment which does not add to the conversation, runs of on an inappropriate tangent, or kills the conversation may be edited, moved, or deleted.

The views and opinions of those providing comments are those of the author of the comment alone, and even if allowed onto the site do not reflect the opinions of Point of Law bloggers or the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research or any employee thereof. Comments submitted to Point of Law are the sole responsibility of their authors, and the author will take full responsibility for the comment, including any asserted liability for defamation or any other cause of action, and neither the Manhattan Institute nor its insurance carriers will assume responsibility for the comment merely because the Institute has provided the forum for its posting.

Related Entries:

 

 


Isaac Gorodetski
Project Manager,
Center for Legal Policy at the
Manhattan Institute
igorodetski@manhattan-institute.org

Katherine Lazarski
Press Officer,
Manhattan Institute
klazarski@manhattan-institute.org

 

Published by the Manhattan Institute

The Manhattan Insitute's Center for Legal Policy.