The New York State court system announced a change Monday that aims to improve legal access for the poor.
Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman made the announcement at the New York University Law School.
It's a rule change that he says will make it much easier for lawyers at big corporations in New York to do pro bono work.
The judge said that at best, only 25 percent of New Yorkers' legal needs on a civil level are currently being met.
"It is, in my view, another giant step forward in New York's efforts to address the justice gap, essentially the gap between the finite legal resources available and the dire, absolutely dire need for legal services for the poor," Lippman said.
The judge called that effort an "ethical and moral obligation" for lawyers.