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NY chief judge to unveil step to close justice gap

December 1, 2013
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — New York's chief judge plans to announce another step in efforts to close what state court officials describe as the "enormous access to justice gap" afflicting poorer New Yorkers who need legal help in civil matters.

Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman plans to discuss it Monday at New York University School of Law. He put $55 million in this year's judiciary budget to support legal services.

Lippman and other court officials have taken steps to increase free legal work by lawyers, requiring 50 hours of pro bono service as a condition of getting a New York law license, and setting that as an annual goal for all lawyers with reporting on how much they actually do.

He's also been looking at corporate in-house lawyers to help fill the need.

 
 

 

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