Mark H. Alcott began on Thursday his one-year term as president of the New York State Bar Association with a challenge to his professional colleagues: Perform at least 50 hours of pro bono service annually.

At a meeting scheduled for Thursday, Alcott, a 66-year-old senior litigation partner with Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, said he plans to make the “Empire State Counsel” program the first and foremost initiative of his administration.

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