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The Attorney Emeritus Program (AEP) was created a decade ago when many Americans were struggling with legal problems related to the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression and New York was facing a drastic decline in funding for civil legal services. In announcing the AEP, Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman put the spotlight on retired and senior lawyers and challenged them to use their legal skills and experience to help low-income people on a pro bono basis.

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