Make Your Voice Heard! Oppose Provisions of Part 118 of the Rules of the Chief Administrative Judge Requiring Lawyers to Report Voluntary Pro Bono Service and Contributions

Since 2004, the New York State Bar Association has strongly opposed any requirement that New York lawyers report their voluntary pro bono service or contributions to public authorities.  We firmly believe that requiring such reporting dilutes the voluntary nature of lawyers’ pro bono service.  Lawyers should provide pro bono service because they recognize the critical importance of access to justice and lawyers’ unique ability to assist – not because they feel pressured into doing so. 

At the direction of the Association’s Executive Committee, I encourage you to write to the Chief Judge, the Chief Administrative Judge, and the Presiding Justices of the Appellate Divisions to express opposition to the provisions of Part 118 of the Rules of the Chief Administrative Judge that require lawyers to report their voluntary pro bono service and contributions on their biennial attorney registration forms.  A sample letter is available here.  In addition, you may click here to send an e-mail message directly to the Chief Judge to express opposition to this rule

Contact information for the Chief Judge, Chief Administrative Judge and Presiding Justices appears below: 

Honorable Jonathan Lippman
Chief Judge of the State of New York
20 Eagle Street
Albany, New York 12207 

Honorable A. Gail Prudenti
Chief Administrative Judge
25 Beaver Street
New York, New York 10004 

Honorable Luis A. Gonzalez
Presiding Justice 
New York Supreme Court 
Appellate Division, First Department 
27 Madison Avenue 
New York, New York 10010 

Honorable Randall T. Eng
Presiding Justice 
New York Supreme Court 
Appellate Division, Second Department
45 Monroe Place 
Brooklyn, New York 11201  

Honorable Karen K. Peters
Presiding Justice 
New York Supreme Court 
Appellate Division, Third Department 
P.O. Box 7288, Capitol Station 
Albany, New York 12224 

Honorable Henry J. Scudder 
Presiding Justice 
New York Supreme Court 
Appellate Division, Fourth Department 
50 East Avenue 
Rochester, New York 14604