The Feerick Center invites you to attend a lecture to be delivered by the Honorable Victor Marrero of the United States District Court (SDNY) entitled “Pro Bono Legal Services: The Silent Majority—A 25 Year Retrospective” which will take place at Fordham Law School on Thursday, June 27 at 5:30 PM in Room 304. This is one of the Center’s many ways of creating awareness and dialogue about social justice issues in the legal community.
Twenty-five years ago Judge Marrero was appointed by the then Chief Judge of New York State to act as chair of a “Committee to Improve the Availability of Legal Services.” The Committee included many leading members of the bench and bar including former Secretary of State Cyrus Vance, US Attorney Robert Fiske, Ellen Futter, the President of Barnard and currently the American museum of Natural History, several bar association presidents and lawyers from throughout the state.
The main recommendation of that Committee was to propose “that all lawyers admitted to practice and registered as attorneys in New York be required to provide a minimum of 40 hours of qualifying pro bono legal services every two years.”
That proposal was not implemented and as a quarter century has now passed, Judge Marrero suggested that this might be an appropriate time to review that Report and the current state of the availability of legal services.
A Response to Judge Marrero’s lecture will be presented by Catherine A. Christian, who is the former president of the New York County Lawyers’ Association and is currently an Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office.
All of the original members of the Committee that made the proposal have been invited to the lecture and several have indicated that they intend to be present. Also invited and expected to attend are the two most recent Chief Judges of New York State.
Thursday, June 27th, 2013 at 5:30pm
Fordham Law School
140 West 62nd Street
Moot Court Room (Room 304)
New York, N 10023