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"Judges' Best Practices" CLE/Pro Bono Program

Rural Law Center of New York
Thursday, May 1, 2003

The Rural Law Center of New York, Inc. (RLC) created the "Judges' Best Practices" CLE/Pro Bono Program to deliver continuing legal education (CLE) programs to attorneys working in rural areas, while simultaneously increasing pro bono involvement.

Since satisfying mandatory CLE requirements can be a logistically difficult task for attorneys in rural areas, the RLC of New York, an accredited CLE provider in New York State, travels to rural counties throughout the state to deliver CLE presentations in partnership with the local judiciary, the local bar associations, and the regional legal services programs. The CLE curriculum isĀ designed and taught by local judges.

Instead of paying registration fees for the CLE sessions, each participating attorney agrees to accept one pro bono case in the next year, which is assigned through the pro bono coordinator at the local legal services program or bar association.

The RLC has hosted CLE programs in 26 of New York's 44 counties. The RLC works with local bar associations to locate an appropriate facility for the training as well as to publicize the event through mailings and newsletters sent to members of the local bar association.

Contact Information: 

Julie Davies

Project Coordinator
Rural Law Center of New York