Developing a pro bono programme in a law firm
Vol. 1 - Iss. 4 pp. 44–46
In most law firms, pro bono legal work started as a result of the enthusiasms and interests of a few partners. Doing a favour for a friend is something we all like to do naturally, and most lawyers have always used their professional skills in this way. This may extend to helping out a charity with which the lawyer or her friend is involved, responding to a personal tragedy, or helping an individual in dire need. As a management matter, law firms prefer this sort of legal work to be done within the confines of the law firm, with proper risk management procedures, rather than by individual lawyers acting as free agents.