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Dallas-With a click of a mouse, lawyers around the Lone Star State can report their pro bono hours this year. But the new online process that State Bar of Texas officials developed for the voluntary reporting hasn’t been a stellar success. “We felt like doing it online makes it easier for lawyers,” said Emily Jones, director of the Texas bar’s legal services to the poor division. The lawyers apparently didn’t agree. As of mid-August, only 2,191 of the approximately 70,000 attorneys in Texas had reported the amount of time and money they dedicated to pro bono work in 2004, Jones said. Of that 2,191, 38 reported manually after calling the bar and requesting pro bono reporting forms, and the rest reported online, she said. “Anytime you do something different, it takes a few years to build up,” Jones said when asked about the poor response rate this year.

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