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Raise the Small Claims Court Limit

Today the NYTimes ran an article, entitled Rule Change Could Ease ‘Justice Gap’ for the Poor,
with the lede:
Lawyers who work for big corporations in New York but are not licensed to practice law in the state will be allowed to do pro bono work under a new rule meant to ease an acute shortage of legal representation for the poor, the state’s chief judge, Jonathan Lippman, announced on Monday. It followed:
Providing help to the indigent in civil cases has become Judge Lippman’s signature issue, and will likely underpin his legacy after he retires in 2015. He set aside $55 million in the current budget for such services, and has taken steps to encourage lawyers to take on more civil pro bono cases, requiring law students to put in 50 hours of volunteer work before taking the bar exam and making law firms file biannual reports showing how much charitable work they have done. I will not in any way disagree that this is a very serious need, nor that these are not extremely laudable accomplis…