Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman and New York State Bar Association leaders said following a meeting Tuesday that they plan to hold further discussions about the bar group's objections to a new rule requiring lawyers to disclose pro bono contributions. Lippman and his counsel, John McConnell, met for about an hour at the chief judge's Park Avenue office with state bar president David Schraver, president-elect Glenn Lau-Kee, executive director Patricia Bucklin and counsel Kathy Baxter.
Schraver, of Nixon Peabody in Rochester, said in a statement afterward that "we had a frank exchange of views and concerns" and "agreed to meet again and continue the discussion." The meeting was prompted by a June 26 letter to Lippman in which Schraver pointed out that the House of Delegates has been on record since 2004 as being opposed to requiring lawyers to disclose the time and money they donate for pro bono services (NYLJ, June 28).
The disclosure requirements were put into effect on May 1 by the administrative board of the courts, comprised of the chief judge and the presiding justices of the Appellate Division. David Bookstaver, a spokesman for the Office of Court Administration, said Lippman told the bar officials he would "bring their concerns to the administrative board and that they would continue to examine the issues, have an open dialogue and continue to listen to their concerns."