In granting a woman's bid to void a settlement stipulation because her pro bono divorce attorney made serious errors and was inadequately supervised, a state judge has cautioned law firms and volunteer groups that in taking on pro bono cases, they should ensure that counsel "receive appropriate support and supervision, so that they can provide pro bono clients with the same careful legal representation that they provide to paying clients." The ruling comes at a time when law firms facing a decline in legal business and a surplus of attorneys are working with pro bono organizations to increase the number of cases they already handle on a volunteer basis.
Failure to Supervise Pro Bono Attorney Dooms Divorce Pact
New York Law Journal
June 18, 2009
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