One year after establishing an experimental pro bono civil appellate program to handle family law appeals for people who cannot afford counsel, the New York State Bar Association is expanding the initiative to several other areas of law.

Cynthia F. Feathers of Glens Falls, co-chair of the State Bar’s Committee on Courts of Appellate Jurisdiction, said the first year’s experience showed a clear need for pro bono appellate counsel. She said the committee is planning to take more cases, recruit more attorneys and expand into matters involving education, health, housing, domestic violence, child custody, public benefits and subsistence income.