The National Center for Access to Justice shares some news on the New York law student pro bono rule, and beyond.
- The Center has released its recommendations for software to support law student pro bono. “The Center is interested in hearing from people interested in helping to move a software application initiative forward (contact firstname.lastname@example.org).”
- Law students have created a campaign to expand the concept to all the states. “The Campaign encourages people to visit and like its Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/LawStudentProBono, where news of developments in states will be posted.”
- California and New York are taking affirmative steps to adopt the requirement.
A committee of Connecticut Judicial Branch’s Access to Justice Commission, and a Task Force of the California State Bar, have independently issued proposed recommendations calling for 50 hour pro bono service requirements in their respective states. The Connecticut report calls for a pre-admission pro bono requirement. The California Bar recommendation, which remains a draft until adopted by the full Task Force Board, calls for a requirement that could be fulfilled either pre- or post-admission (while also calling for curriculum reform and for a new continuing legal education requirement).