Fordham Law

John Feerick and Fern Schair Appointed to Advisory Council

May 20, 2010

Feerick Center Founder John Feerick and Center Chair Fern Schair have been named co-chairs of an advisory council to promote change in the pro bono culture of New York's legal profession. The council was appointed by Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman and will consist of statewide representatives of the private bar, the legal services and pro bono communities, the court system, law schools and the nonprofit sector. The council will monitor the progress of the recently created Attorney Emeritus Program and advise Chief Judge Lippman and court leaders in the following areas:
  • Ensuring that Attorney Emeritus volunteers provide high quality legal services to clients
  • Making the pro bono experience as satisfying and desirable as possible for volunteers
  • Developing outreach and recruitment strategies to maximize pro bono representation by experienced lawyers
  • Collecting essential data about the program
  • Serving as a bridge to important constituencies, including the legal services community, the bar and the nonprofit sector

The Attorney Emeritus Program was designed to make senior lawyer pro bono as convenient and comprehensible as possible.

Chief Judge Lippman said, “The Attorney Emeritus Program is the most ambitious effort of its kind in the country, with the court system and the entire legal community working together to inspire experienced lawyers to provide pro bono legal services to low-income clients who cannot afford counsel. I am grateful to Professor Feerick and Ms. Schair for agreeing to lead the advisory council. With their help, we will capitalize on the early momentum of the Attorney Emeritus Program and develop a successful blueprint for its future.”

Dean Feerick stated, “I have met so many lawyers over the years who are ready and looking to do something very worthwhile to contribute to our society. This comes at just the right time. Bravo to the courts of New York!”

Ms. Schair added, “With diminished resources, the ability to recruit, train, and support volunteers by most legal services programs is already severely challenged. This council will support those efforts by providing best practices and shared resources to ensure quality legal services for those vulnerable New Yorkers in need.”