Courts Broaden What Counts as 'Pro Bono' for Reporting Rule

, New York Law Journal


Within weeks of the new disclosure mandate, several organizations voiced concern that the rule's definition of pro bono appeared to exclude free legal services to nonprofit groups that serve the poor and would discourage pro bono work for these groups.

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  • C. Silbert

    I was a volunteer arbitrator in the New York City Small Claims Part for 10 years, serving once a month to help resolve disputes for people in need of legal services. Although I was not subject to the new pro bono requirements ta any time, why isn't this service recognized either as Continuing Legal Education credit or pro bono? And why are all lawyers subject to pro bono requirements, including those who are not even employed? We already have captive medical residents who are required to work stupendouslylong hours for $49,000 a year during a three-year residency and on through fellowship and we've now added attorneys. Where are the teachers and financial people doing their pro bono?

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