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Pro Bono Reporting Requirements - Attorney Registration

PART 118 - Rules Governing the Registration of Attorneys and the Reporting of Voluntary Pro Bono Legal Services and Financial Contributions.


Effective May 1, 2013, section 118.1(e)(14) of the Rules of the Chief Administrator (22 NYCRR Part 118) requires all New York attorneys to report the following information on their biennial registration forms*:

(a) the number of hours that the registrant voluntarily spent providing unpaid legal services to poor and underserved clients during the previous biennial registration period; and

(b) the amount of voluntary financial contributions the registrant made to organizations primarily or substantially engaged in providing legal services to the poor and underserved during the previous biennial registration period.

The new reporting requirement in the biennial attorney registration process took effect concurrently with an amendment of Rule 6.1 of the Rules of Professional Conduct (22 NYCRR Part 1200), which strongly encourages lawyers to aspire to provide at least 50 hours of pro bono service each year and quantifies the minimal financial contributions that lawyers should aspire to make to organizations providing legal services to the poor and underserved. Section 118.1(e)(14) addresses only the reporting of services voluntarily performed and financial contributions voluntarily made. Pro bono legal services and financial contributions remain completely voluntary for attorneys admitted to practice in New York State.

Pro bono services covered by section 118.1(e)(14) are those personally provided without expectation of receiving a fee; services billed to a client but left unpaid are not included and should not be reported. Attorneys “retired” from the practice of law as defined in section 118.1(g), or employed by an organization primarily or substantially engaged in the provision of pro bono legal services, may choose not to report pro bono service or financial contributions.

Detailed information concerning the new reporting requirement is available at FAQs.

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* Newly admitted attorneys are not required to report pro bono hours on their initial registration filed prior to taking the oath of office. View the Pro Bono reporting requirements for applicants for admission to the New York bar.

See the documents below for related information: