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 Lippman

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 worked.

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.

And you can join the discussion on the Attorney Emeritus listserv.


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