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Pro Bono Related Rules of Professional Conduct


As part of the effort to ensure that New Yorkers of low-income and modest means have access to legal services, Rule 6.1 and Rule 6.5 of the Rules of Professional Conduct have been promulgated by the Appellate Divisions of the Supreme Court to encourage the performance of pro bono work by attorneys.

Rule 6.1 strongly encourages attorneys to provide at least 50 hours of pro bono legal services each year and to support financially the work of organizations that provide such services.

Rule 6.5 dispenses with compliance with conflict of interest requirements in limited legal services programs where the attorney has no actual knowledge at the time of commencement of the representation that the representation of the client involves a conflict of interest.