This article first appeared in the Winter 2014 edition of the New York State Bar Association Pro Bono News. Reprinted with the permission of the New York State Bar Association.

As a member of the Advisory Group to the New York State-Federal Judicial Council, I was asked to organize a pro bono roundtable last spring to educate lawyers in the State about the impact of two U.S. Supreme Court decisions that essentially reaffirmed the notion that defendants are entitled to effective assistance of counsel at the plea stage. The Council is composed of judges appointed by the chief judges of the State of New York and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and is assisted by the Advisory Group of judges and practitioners. The Council develops and sponsors pro bono Continuing Legal Education presentations to foster improved communication and cooperation among the federal and state court systems and to share knowledge and resources with New York State lawyers. ...

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