Attorney Emeritus Program

History of the Attorney Emeritus Program (AEP):

Created by former New York State Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman in 2010, the AEP was established to help growing numbers of New Yorkers with legal needs who could not afford counsel. The program is designed to enhance the capacity of New York State legal service providers, such as LawNY, who are facing increased demand for services. The AEP engages senior/seasoned attorneys in Pro Bono projects under the auspices of these providers.



To enhance the capacity of legal service providers in New York State to provide quality legal representation to low-income New Yorkers.



  • Age 55 years or older

  • Retired or inactive  

  • At least 10 years of legal experience

  • NYS license to practice law

  • Commitment to do 60 hours of pro bono service bi-annually

  • Work with a certified legal services provider

  • Comply with NYSBA standards



  • Dues and MCLEs waived for retired attorneys
  • Up to 15 CLE credits can be earned through host agency
  • Malpractice insurance is provided by host agency
  • Training provided
  • Sustain and enhance your skills!


Training Link:



  1. During the biannual bar registration (check the box pertaining to the AEP program)


  1. Visit - click “Apply to Volunteer” - and then “Attorney Emeritus Program”



For Additional Information Contact:

Casey Booth, AmeriCorps VISTA, Attorney Emeritus Program Upstate Coordinator

(585) 325-2520

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