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The state Court of Appeals has invoked its “major disaster rule” to allow attorneys authorized to practice law in other states to provide temporary, pro bono legal services to New Yorkers affected by Hurricane Sandy. In a notice to the bar yesterday, court administrators said they have determined that the storm created an emergency affecting the justice system. Under 22 NYCRR 520.11[d], which was adopted last year, lawyers from out of state who are not authorized to practice in New York may temporarily offer legal services to those affected by a major disaster. Such legal services must be provided pro bono and without the expectation that lawyers will realize any pecuniary gain from the clients they represent.

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