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Title The law firm and the public good / Robert A. Katzmann, editor
Published Washington, D.C. : Brookings Institution, [1995]


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Description xiv, 189 pages : forms ; 24 cm
Contents 1. Themes in Context / Robert A. Katzmann -- 2. Public Service Implications of Evolving Law Firm Size and Structure / Marc Galanter and Thomas Palay -- 3. Structuring Law Firm Pro Bono Programs: A Community Service Typology / Esther F. Lardent -- 4. Reflections on Lawyer Morale and Public Service in an Age of Diminishing Expectations / William C. Kelly, Jr. -- 5. Community Service Makes Better Lawyers / Donald W. Hoagland -- 6. Private Enforcement of Public Rights: The Role of Fee-Shifting Statutes in Pro Bono Lawyering / William A. Bradford, Jr. -- 7. Community Service as Pro Bono Work / Edwin L. Noel, Anthony F. Earley, Jr. and Lewis F. Powell, III -- 8. Monitoring Compliance with the ABA Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge / Barrington D. Parker, Jr. -- 9. Afterword / Frank M. Coffin
Summary Moving beyond the ethical arguments that justify a law firm's commitment to community service, the authors argue that pro bono work is in the firm's enlightened self-interest. They show that a heightened concern with the public good can improve a lawyer's spirit, sharpen lawyering skills, and enhance the humanistic traditions of law practice. In short, they conclude that professional responsibility and self-interest support the same conclusion: that the law firm and the public good are inextricably linked and that each can draw strength from the other in ways that nourish both
What can law firms do to ensure justice for all? How can they serve the needs of those unable to pay? How can law firms improve the quality of life for their lawyers? At a time when government support for legal aid is limited and under fire, when recent U.S. presidents have urged increased volunteerism, when the American Bar Association's Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge is under way, and when some within the legal profession have called for mandatory pro bono work, this new book examines these important questions
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Law firms -- United States.
Legal assistance to the poor -- United States.
Public interest law -- United States.
Author Katzmann, Robert A.
Brookings Institution.
LC no. 95005692
ISBN 0815748639 (pa : acid-free paper)
0815748647 (cl : acid-free paper)