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NY lawyers can keep secret their free legal work

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Court administrators have decided to let New York lawyers shield from public view their new mandatory reports on how much free legal work they do.

In February, the administrators raised the service goal to 50 hours yearly, more than double the old threshold, and began in May requiring lawyers report their pro bono hours and related donations when they register with the state every two years.

The Administrative Board of the Courts has now amended the professional conduct rules to keep those records confidential for two years through April 2015 unless lawyers voluntarily choose to disclose them.

The change follows concerns raised by the New York Bar Association about privacy.

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