Monday, April 9, 2007

Northwestern's Colloquy Hosts Review of Deborah Rhode's Pro Bono

Logolaw_journal Isaac Peterson, the Senior Editor of Colloquy, the online supplement of the Northwestern University Law Review, dropped us a note about an interesting upcoming change of pace.

Colloquy has posted a Review Essay by Professor Tom Lininger (Oregon, right) Lininger forthcoming in the Law Review, of Pro Bono in Principle and in Practice:  Public Service and the Professions by Deborah L. Rhode.  Professor Lininger will stir the pot by advocating that the legal community exceed Professor Rhode's rather modest suggestions for curing our current pro bono crisis.  He suggests several courses of action aimed at mitigating our current dearth of altruistic legal representation — a dearth that is indisputable whether measured against other professions or other nations.  His suggestions include greater focus on pro bono practice in law schools and a mandatory minimum pro bono time commitment by members of state bars.

Stay tuned.  Colloquy will publish a response by Professor Sam Bagenstos (Wash. U.) next week, and follow it with a reply from Professor Lininger the week after.

[Jeff Lipshaw]

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