Ethics Matters

Pro Bono Proposal Could Tap Deep Talent Pool

, The Connecticut Law Tribune

Judge Jonathan Lippman of the New York Court of Appeals has set off something of a firestorm by proposing a rule that 50 hours of mandatory pro bono be a part of the admission requirements for New York lawyers. His proposal is both a pragmatic (though heavy-handed) solution to a pressing need and a cynical recognition that new admittees really have no say in setting the standards by which they will get (or be denied) licenses.

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