Monday, May 20, 2013

Mandatory Pro Bono Proposed For New Jersey Bar Admission

The New Jersey Supreme Court has asked for comments on a report of a Working Group that calls for mandatory pro bono as a condition for admission in the Garden State.

The report identifies three primary goals: increase pro bono hours for underserved populations, give admittees real-life experience and "instill in future attorneys a desire to continue pro bono work throughout their legal career - the habit of doing good."

Query: does forced service really meet the last articulated goal?

The report calls for 50 hours of required service. (Mike Frisch)

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I have no problem encouraging young lawyers to do pro bono work. I do have a problem with the idea that pro bono work is reserved for young lawyers. I don’t have a problem with the requirement, but I hope that the folks who want to impose this requirement lead by example.

Posted by: Ray Ward | May 20, 2013 5:28:16 PM

If you're going to mandate pro bono for young lawyers, you should do it for all lawyers. Otherwise, you're simply an arrogant, self-righteous bully.

Posted by: Doug Richmond | May 21, 2013 7:06:45 AM

What other profession requires mandatory volunteer work? None. It's a joke that any person should work for free or face disciplinary action.

Posted by: bob | Oct 22, 2014 4:43:44 PM

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