Beginning today, New York lawyers must disclose on their biennial registration forms how many pro bono hours they provided and how much they made in financial donations to pro bono programs during the previous two years
This wonderful news arrived in my email inbox today from the New York Law Journal. What does this mean? While large law firms generally report their pro bono hours through their firms' reporting to the American Lawyer, Vault, the Pro Bono Institute and others, pro bono hours of New York attorneys in small to mid-sized firms, in-house legal departments, and solo practitioners might often be left unreported in any formal way if they are not captured by legal services providers. This new requirement will allow the courts to get a better sense of these hours and formulate meaningful access to justice programs accordingly.