Considered Opinion

A Lawless And Unwise Pro Bono Mandate

, The Connecticut Law Tribune

The New York Law Journal recently reported that New York Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman has instituted a first-in-the-nation mandate that law students must complete 50 hours of pro bono legal services before applying for bar admission. Qualifying pro bono work is loosely defined to include legal services for people of 'limited means," non-profits, individuals or groups seeking to promote access to justice, and public service in the judiciary and state and local governments. New Jersey and Connecticut are considering similar requirements.

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