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Casey Booth, AmeriCorps VISTA, Attorney Emeritus Program Upstate Coordinator


Enhance the Capacity of Legal Service Providers in NYS to provide quality legal representation to Low-Income New Yorkers. 

1. Brief History of the Attorney Emeritus Program

  1. Created by former New York State Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman in 2010, the Attorney Emeritus Program was established to help New Yorkers with legal needs who cannot afford legal counsel. The program is designed to enhance the capacity of New York State legal service providers that are facing increased demand for services, including Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc. ® The AEP engages seasoned lawyers in pro bono projects under the auspices of the legal service providers.

2. Requirements to be an Attorney Emeritus (in NY):

  1. Must be at least 55 y/o
  2. Must have practiced law for at least 10 years and be in good standing
  3. License to practice law in NY
  4. Commit to 30 annual hours of Pro Bono service

3. Benefits of the Attorney Emeritus Program

  1. NYSBA Dues and MCLE Fees Waived for Retired Attorneys
  2. Up to 15 CLE Credits can be Earned Through Host Agency
  3. Malpractice Insurance is Provided by Host Agency
  4. Training Provided
  5. Sustain and Enhance Your Skills!

4. How to Register (one of two ways):

  1. Check the box pertaining to the AEP program on your Biannual Bar Registration
  2. Visit http://ww2.nycourts.gov/attorneys/volunteer/emeritus/index.shtml
  3. Click "Apply to Volunteer" and then "Attorney Emeritus Program"

Helpful Links for Those Interested in Becoming an Attorney Emeritus

Frequently Asked Questions


Attorney Emeritus Brochure located on NY Courts Website


Volunteer Testimonials


Volunteer Opportunities (Search Yourself)


FAQ for Experienced Attorneys