A proposal by a New York State Bar Association committee to expand the definition of pro bono credit beyond legal services to the poor is creating widespread objections. One of the more controversial aspects of the recommendation: what some perceive as a "buyout" provision, allowing lawyers to exempt themselves from pro bono service by making an unspecified contribution to an organization serving the poor. A showdown is expected when the Bar has its annual full-membership meeting this month.
N.Y. State Bar Draws Fire With Proposal to Change Pro Bono Definition
New York Law Journal
January 18, 2005