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Why Pro Bono?

In honor of Pro Bono Week, October 23-29, the folks at Thomson-Reuters’ Findlaw offered the following “five top reasons” to do pro bono work:

  • Pro Bono Rules. The ABA Model Rule of Professional Conduct Rule 6.1 states that lawyers should provide at least 50 hours of pro bono legal services per year.
  • Expand Your Horizons. So what if your day job keeps you tied to the Administrative Procedures Act? You can still assist people
  • in need.
  • Image is Everything. If you don’t want to volunteer your time to help people, do it for the recognition from your bar association.
  • Develop Your Skills. New attorneys, in particular, benefit from pro bono work. Tired
  • of pushing paper? Want to actually argue before a court? Here’s your chance.
  • Ego Boost. It’s easy to develop a complex about this profession; everyone seems to hate lawyers. (Seriously. When was the last time you heard an architect joke or a teacher joke at a party?) Wouldn’t it be nice to be appreciated for once?

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