National Law Journal, January 3, 2011
“‘If the American economy gets a cold, poor people get pneumonia.’ The observation is from Esther Lardent, president of the Pro Bono Institute. Her point was that, for all the pain this dreadful economy has inflicted on the legal profession, things are much worse for society's downtrodden. The profession seems to recognize that, and also its responsibility to help out with legal services for those who can't afford to pay. The figures for 2010 aren't available yet, but according to NLJ affiliate The American Lawyer, the country's 200 largest firms logged 5.7 million hours in pro bono work in 2009, a 2% increase compared to the year before.”
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