National Center for Access to Justice

New York Times Sunday Dialogue: Public Service for Lawyers

In a letter published in the New York Times on Wednesday, May 30, 2012, David Udell, director of the National Center for Access to Justice, discusses the importance of New York’s new 50 hours public service requirement for applicants to the New York bar, and rejects the critique of the requirement set forth in an op ed authored by Associate Professor of Law, Ben Trachtenberg of the University of Missouri Law School (Times, May 14, 2012). On June 3, 2012, the New York Times hosted a dialogue about the requirement, in which it published eight letters responding to Udell’s letter, along with Udell’s final rejoinder. In the rejoinder, Udell urges readers to stay focused on solving the crisis in the courts, and to consider the new requirement, with its promise of increased engagement of students and law graduates, a “step up from the abyss.” (originally published June 3, 2012 by David Udell)