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AEP 10th Anniversary Audience

Chief Judge Janet DiFiore welcomed by her predecessor, Judge Jonathan Lippman, who established New York’s Attorney Emeritus Program in 2009, and Fordham Law School Dean Matthew Diller. 

Pictured from left to right: Tanisha S. McKnight ▪ Caprice R. Jenerson ▪ Hon. Jonathan Lippman ▪ Hon. Janet DiFiore ▪ Dean Matthew Diller. Second Row: ABA President Judy Perry Martinez ▪ Helaine M. Barnett

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Professor John D. Feerick and Chief Judge Janet DiFiore

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Dean Matthew Diller and Chief Judge Janet DiFiore

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Judge Jonathan Lippman

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ABA President Judy Perry Martinez

The program included panel discussions on the experiences and benefits of Emeritus attorneys and pro bono work.

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David Fleischer ▪ Frances Weinstock ▪ Jeremiah Quinlan ▪ Tanisha S. McKnight ▪ Louis S. Sartori

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Mark O’Brien ▪ Caprice R. Jenerson ▪ Alina Molina ▪ Dean Linda Fried ▪ Deputy Chief Administrative Judge Edwina G. Richardson

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Fern Schair, Chair, Advisory Board Feerick Center for Social Justice; Co-Chair of Chief Judge’s Advisory Council on the Attorney Emeritus Program

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Dora Galacatos, Executive Director, Feerick Center for Social Justice   

On December 2, 2019, the Feerick Center hosted a celebration to honor the Tenth Anniversary of New York’s Attorney Emeritus Program.  The Emeritus program was established by a court rule that created a special category of bar registration for lawyers 55 years or older who pledge to provide 60 hours of pro bono civil legal service biennially[1]. Emeritus attorneys are matched with approved host organizations or court programs to assist low-income New Yorkers with their legal challenges to essentials of life issues, including housing, family stability, access to health care, education or subsistence income, consumer debt.

The Tenth Anniversary Program featured remarks from New York’s Chief Judge Janet DiFiore, her predecessor, Judge Jonathan Lippman, who established New York’s Attorney Emeritus Program, and ABA Bar President Judy Perry Martinez.  Professor John Feerick, Founder and Senior Counsel of the Feerick Center, Fern Schair, Chair of the Advisory Board of the Feerick Center and Co-Chair of Chief Judge’s Advisory Council on the Attorney Emeritus Program and Dora Galacatos, Executive Director of the Feerick Center, addressed the attendees and welcomed the esteemed panelists for discussions moderated by Judge Lippman and Deputy Chief Administrative Judge Edwina G. Mendelson.  To view the program, click here.  

The Feerick Center extends appreciation to the event co-sponsors:

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP ▪ Debevoise & Plimpton LLP ▪ Latham & Watkins LLP ▪ Proskauer Rose LLP ▪ Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, & Flom LLP.

[1] The rules governing registration and participation of Emeritus attorneys are available here: Information on the Emeritus Program is available on the court website at b and on the Feerick Center program’s page:


Screened Out Rubrics Report 2019

Screened Out: The Lack of Access to NYC Screened Program Admissions Criteria.

This policy brief is the culmination of the center’s year-long fact-finding effort of the admissions process for NYC public high school screened programs and their use of “rubrics,” or admissions guidelines. Rubrics dictate how screened programs evaluate and rank student applicants. Access to rubrics is critical to helping parents and students understand how programs select applicants and, in turn, how students evaluate their own viability as candidates.

To read the complete report please Click Here