6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Boyce Martin is disappointed by Chief Judge Dennis Jacobs' decision to target public interest and pro bono lawyers in his recent speech. He finds two features particularly worthy of comment. First is the sketchy image Jacobs draws of public interest clients: not only subordinate, but virtually imaginary. A second puzzling aspect is his attempt to distinguish praiseworthy lawyers who practice in the "great tradition of volunteerism" from "anti-social" ones who sue the government and participate in impact litigation.
It's all for the clients
The National Law Journal
November 24, 2008
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