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State OKs in-house counsel for pro bono legal work

State OKs in-house counsel for pro bono legal work

State judicial officials have authorized in-house lawyers with out-of-state licenses to do pro bono

NEW YORK — State judicial officials have authorized in-house lawyers with out-of-state licenses to do pro bono work in New York as part of a broad effort to meet more legal needs of residents who can't afford them.

The new rule taking effect Wednesday applies to lawyers in good standing in another state or U.S. territory or the District of Columbia.

Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman says the rule "leverages the legal skills of thousands of highly experienced out-of-state attorneys" who work for corporations and businesses in New York, one of the world's commercial centers.

Court officials have taken other steps to increase free legal work, requiring 50 hours of pro bono service before getting a New York law license and setting that as an annual goal for all lawyers.

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