Impact Statement – Pro Bono Work Displays a Different Side of the Legal Profession
April 19, 2006
In 1999, the state Supreme Judicial Court codified the legal industry institution known as pro bono work – providing services to individuals or groups free of charge. Most lawyers didn’t need the so-called ‘aspirational’ rule, which recommends 25 hours of pro bono work per year, to inspire them to give back to the community – they’d already found many important, imaginative ways to do so.
In Hampden County Housing Court, Thursday is ‘Eviction Day.’ Hundreds of cases involving claims made by landlords and tenants are heard, and many of them end with an individual lacking a roof over their head. In many instances, that result comes about because the individual was indigent and simply could not afford legal representation,…
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by: Donna L. Wexler
April 3, 2006