Pro Bono: It Pays to Be Good

Recently, New York became the first state to require that law students perform 50 hours of pro bono work before they can be admitted to the bar. Plenty of bloggers have already chimed in on whether this is a good or bad idea. There's little that I can add to that debate. But I like to remind lawyers that the benefits of performing pro bono work go well beyond feeling good about "doing the right thing." Too few of us recognize that it can also yield substantial, practical economic benefits for ourselves, our organizations and our profession as a whole. When it comes to pro bono service, "it pays to be good."

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