New pro bono reporting requirements for NY lawyers

May 9, 2013 New reporting requirements have been introduced for New York lawyers, requiring them to disclose on their biennial registration forms the amount of hours and financial contributions they gave to pro bono programs in the previous two years.

The changes to the Rules of Professional Conduct were approved by Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman and the presiding justices of the Appellate Division. The courts also increased the voluntary pro bono goal for lawyers in New York from 20 hours a year to 50 hours a year.

Justice Lippman pointed out that pro bono contributions went up, with lawyers increasing their donations of both their time and their money, in states where a reporting requirement has been implemented.

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