Firms Lean Harder On Pro Bono To Boost Associates' Skills

Law360, San Diego (May 14, 2013, 10:24 PM EDT) -- With clients increasingly reluctant to take their disputes to trial since the economic downturn, junior attorneys are finding fewer opportunities to try cases and law firms are relying more heavily on pro bono and professional training programs to help associates develop courtroom advocacy skills, attorneys say.

Following the recession, companies have had less of an appetite to take their suits all the way to trial and have scaled back their legal expenses, leading to fewer and fewer cases making it to a jury.

“The overwhelming majority...
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