Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman and New York State Bar Association President Seymour W. James, Jr. (The Legal Aid Society in New York City) will deliver opening remarks at "Pro Bono Anew," a program on volunteer opportunities for attorneys in the Capital District, on Tuesday, November 13 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the State Bar Center, One Elk Street, Albany.

The program will focus on new pro bono initiatives adopted by the state court system, as well as local opportunities for attorneys to provide legal assistance to low-income New Yorkers.

• Hon. Victoria Graffeo, Associate Judge of the Court of Appeals, will explain the new rule requiring future law school graduates to perform at least 50 hours of pro bono service before being eligible to practice law in New York.

• Emmy Chresomales, assistant deputy counsel, the state Office of Court Administration, will describe the expanded rule governing Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits for pro bono work.

• Local attorneys will offer an overview of local pro bono programs and opportunities. Panelists include Kristie Cinelli of The Legal Aid Society in Albany, Barbara Davis of Albany County Bar Association, Samantha Howell of Prisoners Legal Services, Susan Pattenaude of The Legal Project and Erica "Nic" Rangel  of Albany Law School. Daniel J. Hurteau of Albany (Nixon Peabody) will serve as moderator.

Participants will earn 1 MCLE credit in Ethics. The program is free, but registration is required. E-mail to register.

The New York State Bar Association is the largest voluntary state bar association in the country, with 77,000 members. It was founded in 1876.


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