The ABA Journal reports that the number of lawyers doing pro bono and the number of pro bono hours per lawyer have increased according to a study by the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service, which was released at the ABA Midyear Meeting today. According to the study:
- 73% of lawyers surveyed provided pro bono representation to low-income individuals or organizations representing them (up from 66% in a 2005);
- Lawyers provided, on average, 41 hours of pro bono work in 2008 (up from 39 hours in 2005); and
- 81% of lawyers in private practice, 43% of corporate counsel and 30% of government lawyers did pro bono work in 2008.
The full article is available here. For attorneys looking for pro bono opportunities, check out the National Pro Bono Opportunities Guide, an online directory developed by the ABA Center for Pro Bono and Pro Bono Net. -M