ALBANY, New York — New York judicial officials say lawyers must now report their time providing unpaid legal services to poor and underserved clients when they file their registrations every two years.
The requirement takes effect along with an amendment in the rules of professional conduct for New York lawyers that raises from 20 to 50 hours the pro bono service they are "strongly encouraged" to provide each year.
Those changes were announced in February. They followed a task force report on expanding legal services for low-income New Yorkers.
Court data have shown 2.3 million people annually unrepresented in New York civil proceedings.
Officials last year began requiring applicants for admission to the New York State bar to perform 50 hours of pro bono services.