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Winter 2015, President Fitzpatrick

posted Mar 22, 2015, 2:20 PM by Pete Weinman   [ updated Jun 22, 2015, 7:40 AM by Lou Bara ]
Greetings!!! First, I would like to wish all of our members a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year in 2015.

In recent developments, we have been advised by Glenn Lau-Kee, Esq., President of the New York State Bar Association, that the Office of Court Administration issued a statement on December 18, 2014. Said statement reads, in pertinent part, as follows:

Today the Administrative Board of the Courts unanimously approved modifications to the mandatory pro bono reporting framework in New York, consistent with the recommendations of Chief Administrative Judge A. Gail Prudenti and NYS Bar Association President Glenn Lau-Kee that were an outgrowth of their recent discussions on the subject.

The earlier rule that had taken effect in May, 2013 required attorneys to report their pro bono hours and charitable donations to legal service organizations when completing their biennial registration forms.

However, the Administrative Board of the Courts adopted a resolution to amend the earlier rule as follows:

· Attorneys are still required to report their pro bono hours and charitable donations, but will do so on an anonymous basis;

· Such information will be made available to the public on an aggregate basis only;

· The Courts will broaden pro bono and public service categories on the reporting form;

· All reported pro bono information submitted prior to the resolution change will be designated as strictly confidential.

The above changes were recommended by the House of Delegates of the NYS Bar Association at its November, 2014 meeting.

The Board of Directors of the RCBA will be meeting with Glenn Lau-Kee, Esq. this coming February, and will have ample opportunity to discuss these changes in greater detail.

Lastly, as most of you already know, Justice Leonard P. Rienzi recently retired in December. On behalf of the RCBA, we would like to thank Judge Rienzi for his years of dedicated service to the Staten Island legal community. We wish him nothing but happiness in his retirement years.

Respectfully submitted,
Christopher J. Fitzpatrick, Esq.