Access to Justice and a New Definition of Professionalism

On July 22, 2015, Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman made permanent a task force he created in 2010 to examine the unmet needs of low-income New Yorkers. According to the New York Law Journal, Chief Judge Lippman said this move “makes unequivocally clear that New York, as a matter of public policy and values, believes that every person who is faced with legal issues regarding the necessities of life gets legal representation or effective legal assistance to deal with those issues.” See, J. Shashenko, “Lippman Makes Permanent Panel on Access to Justice,” NYLJ, 7/23/15, p. 1.