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Pro Bono

Pro bono publico (English: for the public good; usually shortened to pro bono) is a Latin phrase for professional work undertaken voluntarily and without payment or at a reduced fee as a public service. Pro bono service, unlike traditional volunteerism, uses the specific skills of legal professionals to provide services to those who are unable to afford them.

Pro Bono Requirements

See this Letter to the Bar from the Chief Judge

Pro Bono Honor Rolls

Pro Bono CLE Credit

In order to receive Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits as a Pro Bono Attorney within the United States District Court - Northern District of New York, attorneys must comply with the New York State Unified Court System Continuing Legal Education requirements. Attorneys will receive credit for Pro Bono service within the NDNY in accordance with the New York State CLE Board Regulations and Guideline Section 3(D)(11).

Please visit the Pro Bono requirements and program rules.

Credit may be earned for performing eligible pro bono legal services for clients unable to afford counsel pursuant to assignment by a court or participation in a Pro Bono CLE program sponsored by an Approved Pro Bono CLE Provider. Any attorney who performs eligible pro bono legal services pursuant to assignment by a court is required to have a copy of the court order assigning the attorney to the pro bono activity. Please see Section 3(D)(11)(e)(I) of the CLE Board Regulations and Guidelines.

  • The Continuing Legal Education page will be displayed
  • Click on Regulations
  • Click on Regulations & Guidelines

For additional Pro Bono Information:

  • Click on Pro Bono Info

A list of various topics are:

  • FAQs for Pro Bono Providers
  • Approved CLE Providers
  • Provider Reports
  • Regulations and Guidelines Section 3(D)(11)
  • Calculating Pro Bono CLE Credit