In a decisive move, Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman, of the New York Court of Appeals announced a rule change that affects in-house attorneys, and their ability to do pro bono work, reports The New York Times. And we're left wondering, will other states follow suit?
The New Rule
The New York rule allows attorneys who are not admitted to the NY Bar, but who work in corporate law departments in the state, to do pro bono work. The sole requirements are that the attorney is admitted to another state bar, and in good standing, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Chief Judge Lippman stated: "These are some of the best most talented lawyers in our state, and in our country ... So many of them are not necessarily from New York or admitted here, but yet their corporations are committed to the work," reports The Wall Street Journal.