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Brooklyn Bar Association encourages attorneys to join Attorney Emeritus Program

July 10, 2020 Rob Abruzzese

The Brooklyn Bar Association sent out a memo to its members on Wednesday that encouraged them to join the court’s Attorney Emeritus Program to help New Yorkers who have been afflicted with COVID-19 related legal issues.

The Attorney Emeritus Program (AEP) solicits attorneys ages 55 years and older who have worked as lawyers for at least 10 years to commit to performing at least 60 hours of pro bono work with an approved legal services provider.

Attorneys work for legal service providers such as the Civil Legal Advice and Resource Office (CLARO), which operates all over the state and helps people with certain legal services like debt collection issues.

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Attorneys who work with AEP can obtain up to 15 continuing legal education credits for every two years. Attorneys in good standing are required to obtain 24 CLE credits every two years.

Attorneys who join the program and complete their 60 hours will receive recognition from Chief Judge Janet DiFiore and Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for Justice Initiatives Edwina Mendelson.

The program was started back in 2010 by the then-Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman and the four presiding justices of the Appellate Division. Since then it has seen over 2,200 attorneys join.


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