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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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  • geTaylor

    It would seem advisable to alert the populations that will be vexed by these legal "Hessians" on behalf of the left-leaning advocacy groups. Landlords come to mind. Not Trump types, but the smaller two and three family houses. Local businesses failing to dot the "i"s on their compliance with progressive social justice regulations. I'm sure their are others. I don't want them participating in the "forced labor" market - they should be solicited for support of litigation to put a stop to Lippman's Folly.

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