New York State lawyers are working to close the so-called "justice gap," by helping the poor get more access to free legal services.
Last year, only about 20% of people in New York in need of these services were able to get them, due to a shortage of lawyers.
But on Monday, New York Chief Justice Jonathan Lippman announced that out-of-state lawyers working as in-house counsel for corporations can now provide pro bono services. He says it's a lawyer’s duty to help those in need.
"This is what it means to be a lawyer," said Lippman. "To preform service to others is what we are all about - or what we should be all about."
The new law will take effect on Wednesday.