Chief Judge Janet DiFiore’s Messages
Hon. Jonathan Lippman Spearheads Statewide Pro Bono Effort
Chief Judge Janet DiFiore and the NYS Court System partnered with the New York State Bar Association to create a pro bono network of lawyers across NYS for the anticipated surge in legal matters surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Judge Lippman will lead this effort.
Unemployment Insurance: On April 11, Governor Cuomo introduced the first iteration of the pro bono network’s response. In it, volunteer attorneys assisted New Yorkers in understanding unemployment insurance benefits and the application process.
Probate in the Surrogate’s Court: On May 14, a new iteration launched. Lawyers will provide free legal representation on probate and estate proceedings to the families of New Yorkers who passed away due to COVID-related causes.