Attorney Emeritus Program
"New York lawyers have an extraordinary history of
helping those in need. We hope that eligible attorneys will embrace the role of
Attorney Emeritus and put their valuable skills and experience to work on behalf
of the many New Yorkers who cannot afford legal assistance. On behalf of the
organized bar, legal services programs and the court system, I look forward to
the growth of the Attorney Emeritus Program and to personally recognizing every
attorney who completes this exemplary service." Chief Judge Jonathan
The New York State Unified Court System's Attorney
Emeritus Program works with the organized bar and legal services programs to
place attorneys in good standing, who are at least 55 years old, with a minimum
of 10 years experience with pro bono opportunities. During the two-year
registration period, Emeritus attorney volunteers commit to serving 60 hours of
unpaid legal assistance under the auspices of a qualified legal service
provider, bar association, or court sponsored volunteer lawyer program. Emeritus
attorneys, who can be retired or active, can obtain up to 15 CLE credits for
doing pro bono work at a rate of one CLE credit for every six 50-minute hours
An Emeritus attorney involved in short-term limited legal
advice clinics for homeowners in a foreclosure clinic had this to say: "The
Attorney Emeritus Program is such a good idea because it provides tremendous
benefits for people like me. I can go to court, and I'm making a contribution.
It's a win-win situation."
For more information, please visit the Courts' Attorney Emeritus Program website.
You can change your registration status on the NY
Courts' registration page.
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