The New York court system has enlisted more than 120 retired lawyers since January to offer free legal advice and representation to poor New Yorkers in foreclosure, debt collection, housing, family and other civil cases — the first of what could be “thousands” of attorney volunteers, Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman said last week.

Lippman announced the appointment of an advisory council of 30 attorneys to develop a blueprint for his “attorney emeritus” program, which aims to achieve a “quantum jump” in pro bono activities by tapping a growing number of baby-boomer attorneys.

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