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Last May, New York Court of Appeals Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman announced a program that would require 50 hours of pro bono service to be performed before an attorney can be admitted to the bar of New York. In September, the Court of Appeals announced the rules which will govern the program. The requirement will take effect in 2015 and will be implemented through law school course work, clinics, internships, legal offices that perform legal services for the poor, and by work in courts and for nonprofit organizations in New York, across the country and in a foreign country.

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