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National Pro Bono week starts Monday

The National Pro Bono Celebration, sponsored by the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service, will start Monday. It is a coordinated effort to showcase the work and impact of pro bono lawyers across the country. The week is also dedicated to encouraging pro bono service by lawyers to meet the increasing need for representation of low-income and vulnerable clients in civil legal matters.

As part of the national celebration, the Minnesota State Bar Association is coordinating a series of civil legal clinics, continuing legal education programs and celebrations across the state to honor the work of Minnesota lawyers who provide pro bono representation throughout the year, and to highlight opportunities for pro bono service to those who cannot afford legal assistance.

For more information on the events, including a calendar of CLE seminars and other social events, visit the Pro Justice website.

One comment

  1. I wonder how many other fields also encourage if not essentially require their practitioners to engage in pro bono? When was the last time you heard about hospitals having “Free health care week”? Or restaurants offering, “Free meals week”? How about Wall Street bankers and CEOs offering to work for free for a week? How about having garbagemen work for free for one week? Unionized public school teachers? (Laugh.) How about dentists offering “Free dental care week”? How about physicians offering “Free medical care week?”

    Oh, that’s right! Those professions have organizations (unlike the ABA) that look out for the self-interest of their members and don’t go around telling the public that they are owed their services for free. It’s only the legal profession where JDs often go into $120-185,000 of law school loan debt that cannot be discharged in bankruptcy where practitioners are expected and pressured to work for free. What a garbage profession.

    If wealthy law firm partners and well-to-do six-figure associates want to work for free for a week, that’s great, but the rest of us who are struggling at solo practices or earning low incomes at “shitlaw” don’t need smug holier-than-thou legal authorities and academics telling us to work for free.

    How about making law school free first or wiping out JDs’ student loans?

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