In the past two posts (here and here), we've talked about the pros and cons of pro bono. The newest Super Lawyers Playbook, Doing Good While Doing Well: A Road Map to Success with Pro Bono, shows that the pros outweigh the cons-if you manage your practice right.
As we noted here last time, pro bono work provides numerous benefits for law firms of all sizes. But there is another side to the story-good work costs money. The time an attorney takes performing pro bono work takes time away from billable cases.
Virtue is its own reward. But even virtuous people value a pat on the back.
As long as the practice of law has been around, attorneys have been helping others. Legal services are valuable in our culture, but that value oftentimes makes them inaccessible to the underprivileged or to the organizations that may need them the most. The American Bar Association states that lawyers should aspire to render, without fee, at least 50 hours of pro bono legal services per year, with an emphasis that these services be provided to people of limited means or nonprofit organizations that serve the poor.
It seems that everywhere you turn unofficial holidays that highlight certain groups of people like authors, vegans or even Star Wars fans are fast becoming commonplace. Now lawyers have a holiday of their own: "Love Your Lawyer Day".
In our latest magazine devoted to the stories of the 2014 Super Lawyers Pro Bono Award recipients, you will read about lawyers giving back and making a difference with their exceptional pro bono efforts. This is the fourth year that Super Lawyers has had the privilege to honor and recognize attorneys, firms and organizations for their pro bono work.
One firm helps low income families in foreclosure defense cases, the other works to secure reparations for Holocaust survivors. Read below to learn more about the firm recipients of our 2014 Pro Bono Awards.
Super Lawyers is excited to announce the eight recipients of the 2014 Super Lawyers Pro Bono Awards. The Awards honor legal professionals, students, schools and institutions that exemplify excellence in the practice of law through offering volunteer legal services to the poor, disadvantaged or exploited.
Super Lawyers is pleased to announce its second annual Super Lawyers Pro Bono Awards. The awards honor individual lawyers, law firms, law students, law schools, government attorney offices and other institutions in the legal profession that exhibit excellence in pro bono services that aid the poor, disadvantaged or exploited. "At Super Lawyers we consistently tell the stories of lawyers doing incredible work. But even we were taken aback by the number and caliber of nominations we received for last year's inaugural Super Lawyers Pro Bono Awards," says Super Lawyers publisher Cindy Larson. "We are delighted to have the opportunity again to highlight the inspirational stories of attorneys making a significant difference with their pro bono efforts."
As we mentioned previously this week, New York Super Lawyers -- Metro Edition (out at the end of this month) includes a feature about Trial Lawyers Care, the organization of attorneys who offered their legal services for free to those applying to the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. For the piece, we spoke with Marc M. Dittenhoefer, partner at Blank, Goolnick & Dittenhoefer, and member of the board of directors of New York State Trial Lawyers Association for the last 15 years, about his involvement with TLC. In this excerpt from the interview in April--a blog exclusive--Dittenhoefer reflects on TLC and the efforts of the attorneys involved.