After several years of debate in the legal community over the issue of aspirational versus mandatory pro bono service, 30 of the 55 large Manhattan law firms asked by the New York City Bar Association to endorse its "Statement of Pro Bono Principles" did just that on Tuesday. In addition to pledging 50 hours of pro bono work per lawyer per year, the firms agreed to ask new associates to perform at least one pro bono matter during their first year.
N.Y. Firms Pledge Lawyers Will Log 50 Pro Bono Hours Annually
New York Law Journal
December 1, 2005