Attorneys, community advocates, law school administrators and law students will work together at a conference on New York state’s new pro bono requirement for bar admission on Friday, Oct. 26, 2012. The conference, “The Pro Bono Bar Admission Requirement: Making it Work at Albany Law,” will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Speakers will include Albany Law School President & Dean Penelope (Penny) Andrews, New York Court of Appeals Associate Judge Victoria Graffeo '77, and Albany County Bar Association Executive Director Barbara Davis. Attendees will also participate in breakout sessions, covering the development of effective pro bono programs, meeting the needs of the community, and implementing programs to meet the bar admission requirement.
The new pro bono requirements mandate that applicants who successfully pass the bar examination in New York state must have performed 50 hours of qualifying pro bono service before applying for admission to practice law. The new policy applies to any applicant who seeks admission to practice in New York after Jan. 1, 2015.
Albany Law School already offers a robust selection of programs to help students meet the requirements of the pro bono mandate, including the law school’s clinics, field placements, and Pro Bono Society projects.
Student-run Pro Bono Society projects alone provide hundreds of students with thousands of pro bono hours through projects such as the Rural and Farmworker Legal Project, the Prisoners’ Legal Education Reentry Program, the Matrimonial & Family Law Program, and the Veterans’ Rights Project. The law school has also recently appointed a coordinator of pro bono services to help students achieve the requisite number of pro bono hours.