Lawyers' Pro Bono Hours, Contributions, Will Be Public

, New York Law Journal


"It is our responsibility to give it out," Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman said in a recent interview. "If someone asks for the information, they can have it." But some attorneys are troubled by the lack of confidentiality in the new mandatory reporting system.

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Originally appeared in print as Public Will Have Access to Lawyers' Pro Bono Hours and Contributions

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    Pro bono legal counsel may assist an individual or group on a legal case by filing government applications or petitions. A judge may occasionally determine that the loser should compensate a winning pro bono counsel.

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  • pat sturm

    This emphasis on the "pro-bono mandate" on the legal profession is increasingly troublesome. No one expects or demands that doctors donate their services to those who cannot access health care. Mandating disclosure of pro-bono services and or donations made to pro-bono efforts is wrong. Or if there is such insistance on mandating more pro-bono efforts by lawyers, how about loan forgiveness for students trying to pay off their loans?

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