Last year The American Lawyer challenged Am Law 200 attorneys to meet a minimum annual standard of 20 hours' pro bono work per lawyer. More of them did, albeit barely. Overall, The Am Law 200 had an 8.2 percent gain in the number of lawyers who hit that target. Still, only 37.3 percent of those firms' attorneys reached or exceeded that figure in 2005. As some firms prove, near-total pro bono participation at the 20-hour level is possible, which only underscores how much room for improvement remains.
Am Law 200 Firms Still Have Way to Go on Pro Bono
The American Lawyer
July 10, 2006