Mandatory Pro Bono Is Not The Answer For Practitioners

Law360, New York (April 22, 2014, 6:30 PM EDT) -- As previously noted in Law360, the State Bar of California has decided to require prospective attorneys to record 50 hours of pro bono service in order to be eligible for admission. (See "New California Bar Head Sets Sights On Attorney Discipline Skills") As experienced pro bono practitioners with long and deep involvement in the delivery of legal services to the poor, we believe state bars should limit any mandatory pro bono requirement to this context, rather than extend it to licensed attorneys, as some have suggested might be done.

In implementing its pro bono requirement for new admissions, California follows the...

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