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Posted by: Elizabeth Todaro on May 2, 2013

As part of his Law Day address, New York State Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman announced the implementation of mandatory reporting of pro bono service for all attorneys practicing in the state. The new reporting requirement took effect yesterday and includes both the number of hours of voluntary legal service performed as well as the amount of voluntary financial contributions made in support of poor and underserved clients.

Also becoming effective yesterday was an amendment to New York’s Rules of Professional Conduct, which increased the number of pro bono service hours that lawyers are “strongly encouraged to provide each year” from 20 hours to 50 hours. The Court specified, “pro bono service and financial contributions remain completely voluntary in New York.” View the full press release.