Forthcoming Article in Legal Ethics Supports NY’s 50 Hours Public Service Requirement, Analyzes Debate

In a thoughtful piece (available here) forthcoming in Legal Ethics, Professor Ben Cooper of University of Mississippi Law School gathers arguments both in support of and opposed to the New York bar admission requirement of 50 hours of public service, and then explains why he considers the approach sensible.  Cooper writes:  “[W]hile New York’s program … Continue reading

Washington State Adopts Rule Authorizing Limited Advocacy Role for Nonlawyers

With the stated goal of making legal help more accessible to the public, the Washington Supreme Court adopted a “Limited Practice Rule for Limited License Technicians” on June 15, 2013, a new rule that will allow trained non-lawyers to provide technical help on simple legal matters,  effective September 1, 2012.  An opinion approved by a majority of … Continue reading

New York Times Sunday Dialogue: Public Service for Lawyers

In a letter published in the New York Times on Wednesday, May 30, 2012, David Udell, director of the National Center for Access to Justice, discusses the importance of New York’s new 50 hours public service requirement for applicants to the New York bar, and rejects the critique of the requirement set forth in an op … Continue reading

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