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The Court of Appeals, New York State's highest court, is composed of a Chief Judge and six Associate Judges, each appointed to a 14-year term. New York's highest appellate court was established to articulate statewide principles of law in the context of deciding particular lawsuits. The Court thus generally focuses on broad issues of law as distinguished from individual factual disputes. There is no jurisdictional limitation based upon the amount of money at stake in a case or the status or rank of the parties.
 
Notice to the Bar - Rule 520.16 - Pro Bono Requirement for Bar Admission
 

The Court of Appeals has amended section 520.16(c)(2) of the Rules of the Court of Appeals for the Admission of Attorneys and Counselors at Law, pertaining to the 50-hour pro bono requirement for admission. The amendment, effective September 16, 2015, broadens the language of section 520.16(c)(2) to allow for remote supervision of the pro bono work.

A copy of the order amending section 520.16 is below. Questions related to the rule change may be directed to the Court's Office for Professional Matters at (518) 455-7760.

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Notice to the Bar - Video Orientation re Arguing at the Court of Appeals
 
The Court of Appeals has posted a brief video orientation for counsel regarding arguing at the Court of Appeals. The video is under 10 minutes and is designed for counsel that have not frequently argued at the Court. The video is located here: Video Orientation re Arguing at the Court of Appeals.
 
Notice to the Bar - Uniform Bar Examination
 

Upon recommendation of the Advisory Committee on the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE), the Court of Appeals has amended sections 520.2, 520.7, 520.8, 520.9 and 520.12 of the Rules for the Admission of Attorneys and Counselors at Law (22 NYCRR Part 520) to adopt the UBE, effective for the July 2016 administration of the New York State bar examination. Consistent with the Advisory Committee's recommendation, applicants who achieve a passing score on the UBE and seek admission in New York also will be required to complete two state-specific components: an online "New York Law Course" and a separate, online 50-question multiple choice exam, the "New York Law Exam." The Advisory Committee's report to the Court is available on the Committee's website here.

The Court also made a minor change to the Rules not related to the UBE. New language was added to section 520.16, pertaining to the 50-hour pro bono requirement for admission, to clarify the date after which eligible pro bono work must be performed.

A copy of the order amending the Court's Rules is below.

Questions related to the rule change may be directed to the Court's Office for Professional Matters at (518) 455-7760.

View Rules here
 
2014 New York State Court of Appeals Annual Report
 
The Court has released its 2014 Annual Report. It can be viewed on line here.
 
 

 
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