NCAJ and Equal Justice Works submit Comments urging ABA to modify its law school accreditation standards to specify the number of hours of pro bono service for law students to perform

The ABA is weighing a comprehensive proposal to change the Accreditation Standards for American law schools. The proposal, developed during an administrative process conducted by the ABA over the past several years, touches on many important aspects of legal education and law school accreditation, including pro bono service, experiential learning credit requirements, and law professors’ tenure. … Continue reading

Montana Supreme Court Invites Comments on Proposed Pro Bono Service Bar Admission Rule that Differs from New York’s Rule

By Order dated December 3, 2013, the Montana Supreme Court has invited comments in response to a final recommendation by Montana’s Access to Justice Commission for a  statewide pro bono bar service admission rule that, as described in the Commission’s November 26, 2013 filing, would be “different from that adopted in New York.” In contrast to … Continue reading

2013 NY Task Force Report offers best practices for implementing 50 hour pro bono bar admission rule, plus recommendations for additional roles for law schools in response to justice gap

The Task Force to Expand Access to Civil Legal Services in New York, established by the New York Unified Court System,  has issued its 2013 report on the state of access to justice in New York. Parts of the report will be especially valuable to law schools, courts, access to justice commissions, law firms, and … Continue reading

NCAJ Invited to Facilitate Three Training Sessions for NY Magistrates on Best Practices in Child Support Cases Involving Self Represented Litigants in NY State

At the invitation of the New York Courts, NCAJ is leading three training sessions in fall 2013 among child support magistrates in New York State on best practices in child support cases in which one party (or more) is proceeding without a lawyer.  NCAJ’s role in these sessions follows its project during summer 2013 in … Continue reading

New on the Web: Panel Conversation on LLMs and 50 Hour Pro Bono NY Bar Admission Requirement, Hosted at Cardozo School of Law on Oct. 18, 2013

Newly posted on the Web is the video recording of a panel conversation hosted on October 18, 2013 by Cardozo School of Law, broadcast nationally at the time, on LLM applicants and New York’s 50 hour law-related pro bono service bar admission requirement.  Participants — David Udell, National Center for Access to Justice; Mark O’Brien … Continue reading

Chief Justices Issue Resolution in Support of Law Student Pro Bono; Udell & Rhode Op Ed in National Law Journal; More Progress Toward a National 50 Hour Pro Bono Service Requirement

When Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman of the New York Unified Court System announced in May 2012 that New York would condition bar admission on completion of 50 hours of law-related pro bono service,  something started that would extend beyond New York State.  In recent months, the California State Bar, and a Supreme Court appointed Task … Continue reading

New York City Bar Association Issues Report Urging New Roles for Nonlawyers to Help Narrow Justice Gap

Citing the  “justice gap” that leaves more than 2.3 million low-income New Yorkers each year to navigate the civil justice system on their own, the New York City Bar Association recommends that nonlawyers be allowed to practice, with limitations, as “Courtroom Aides” and “Legal Technicians.”  The report was authored by the City Bar’s Committee on … Continue reading

NJ Supreme Court Moves Forward with Recommendation to Adopt 50 Hour Pro Bono Bar Admission Requirement

A working group appointed by the NJ Supreme Court released on May 16, 2013 a report and recommendations dated April 30,2013 in which it urges adoption of a 50 hour law-related pro bono service requirement as a condition of admission to the NJ Bar.  The proposed rule is modeled on New York’s rule, but differs … Continue reading

Center’s Director Participates in National Roundtable on “The Intersection Between Pro Bono & Professional Development” – Video Clips and Transcript Now Posted

“The Intersection Between Pro Bono and Professional Development” was the theme of a roundtable convened on January 31, 2013 by NALP – the Association for Legal Career Professionals in Washington, DC. Moderated by James J. Sandman, President of the Legal Services Corporation and a former managing partner of Arnold & Porter, the roundtable included representatives … Continue reading

California & Connecticut Take Steps Toward Replicating NY’s 50 Hour Pro Bono Service Requirement

When Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman of the New York Unified Court System announced in May 2012 that New York would condition bar admission on completion of 50 hours of law-related pro bono service, he predicted that New York would be a trendsetter for other states. Developments this past month suggest he was likely correct.  A … Continue reading

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