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August 01, 2011


Pat Henry

With the recession and an oversupply of lawyers, it seems that many private practice attorneys are struggling to find clients for their firms. It's the big firms that are picking up the slack on the pro bono front because there's enough resources to do so. With government funding for legal services being slashed, it remains to be seen whether pro bono will be enough. One suspects that competition between attorneys driving down pricing for legal services and the ability of the Internet to help people find affordable lawyers are trends that may help.

Naomi Fein

I've been aware for a few years that big law firms do pro bono work -- indeed, have an associate or partner who heads a pro bono unit -- but know that at least one of those firms conscientiously keeps it quiet.
Can news of this task force mean that pro bono units (and their specialties) will be on some accessible list for plaintiffs?
If not, how do potential plaintiffs find or get referred to these lawyers?
I hope the task force works this out. Without a meaningful referral process, these altruistic high-powered volunteers will be useless.


Pro bono work may make a firm (or an attorney) look good, but these days I think too many are worried about finding billable hours.

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