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Public Forum on the Mandatory Reporting of Voluntary Pro Bono

Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Time: 4 p.m.
Room: 2nd Floor Auditorium

NYCLA will hold a Public Forum to address new rules that now require New York attorneys to report certain information about their pro bono service, as well as their charitable contributions to organizations that provide pro bono legal service, on their biennial registration statements.  The speakers at the Forum will address, among other issues:  the mechanics of and rationale for the new rules; whether the Administrative Board of the Courts had the statutory authority to impose mandatory reporting; whether the new rules advance legitimate public policy goals; whether they impermissibly infringe on the privacy and First Amendment rights of New York lawyers; and whether the definition of “pro bono” used in the new rules is appropriate.

Comments received:

NYCLA’s Task Force on Professionalism Statement
NYCLA’s Federal Courts Committee Statement
Mandatory Pro Bono Reporting Essay by Ron Minkoff
Mandatory Pro Bono Reporting Essay by Bruce Green
Comments by Samuel B. Cohen
Statement by Sarah Jo Hamilton
Statement by Robert L. Ostertag
Statement by Ronald J. Tabak
NYCLA’s Criminal Justice Section Statement
Comments by Chief Administrative Judge A. Gail Prudenti
Exhibits to Statement of Judge Prudenti
Comments  by Lisa E. Cleary
Comments of Richard Gutierrez
NYCLA’s Young Lawyers’ Section Statement


*NEW New York Rule of Professional Responsibility 6.1
*NEW Section 118.1 of the Rules of the Chief Administrator (22 NYCRR Part 118)
*NEW Biennial Registration Form

Agenda for May 27, 2014 Public Forum on Pro Bono Reporting

 4:00-4:05 Introductory Remarks

• Barbara Moses

Panel 1: 4:05-4:35

Introduction to the Rule Changes

• Chief Administrative Judge A. Gail Prudenti
• John McConnell

Panel 2: 4:40-4:55

Does the Administrative Board of the Courts Have Legal Authority to Impose Mandatory Reporting as a Condition of License Renewal?

• Sarah Jo Hamilton
• John McConnell

 Audience Q&A with Panel 2

Panel 3: 5:10-6:45

Is Mandatory Pro Bono Reporting Good Policy?

• Lisa E. Cleary
• Samuel B. Cohen
• Hon. Barry Kamins
• Glenn Lau-Kee
• Richard M. Gutierrez
• Robert L. Ostertag

 Audience Q&A with Panel 3

Panel 4: 7:00-7:45

The Definition of “Pro Bono”
• Geoffrey Bickford
•  Hon. Fern Fisher
• Bruce Green
• Ronald C. Minkoff
• Ronald J. Tabak


 Audience Q&A with Panel 4

Closing Remarks


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