The New York State Unified Court System established an “Attorney Emeritus” status for attorneys in good standing, who are at least 55 years old, with a minimum of 10 years experience. The Attorney Emeritus Program (AEP) involves partnerships among the courts, legal services providers, bar associations, and law schools. Emeritus attorneys volunteer with approved pro bono legal service programs and assist, in myriad ways, to help meet the needs of growing numbers of New Yorkers who cannot afford counsel.
New York's lawyers have a proud history of helping those in need. It is in that spirit that the Court System created the Attorney Emeritus attorney registration status to encourage experienced attorneys to volunteer their legal skills and experience to help the growing number of New Yorkers who cannot afford counsel.
Attorneys, whether retired or active, may join the Attorney Emeritus Program if they are at least 55 years of age, have practiced law for a minimum of 10 years, and are willing to provide at least 30 hours annually of unpaid legal assistance under the auspices of qualified legal services providers, bar associations and court-sponsored volunteer lawyer programs.