Does Mandatory Pro Bono Work Make Sense?

By Attorney Gregg Herman
May 2, 2012

Mandatory pro bono has long been a hot topic among bar associations.  Now, according an article in the New York Times, New York has become the first state to require lawyers to perform unpaid work before being licensed to practice. According the article:

The approximately 10,000 lawyers who apply to the New York State Bar each year will have to demonstrate that they have performed 50 hours of pro bono work to be admitted.

Now, I’m a proponent of pro bono services and I feel that I have earned the right to comment as this firm has long done lots of it.  But, I have some questions about this requirement:

Attorney Gregg Herman is a founding partner of Loeb & Herman S.C. in Milwaukee, WI. He practices family law exclusively, and can be reached via e-mail or by calling (414) 272-5632.