The executive committee of the Connecticut Bar Association’s Federal Practice Section took up discussion of pro se litigants and a need for pro bono service by the federal bar. According to the minutes of the last meeting, there was mention of a local rule under which federal judges could compel a lawyer to provide free services.

Pro bono work is in keeping with the highest traditions of the bar. But I’ll choose when and to whom I will donate, thank you very much. I note some colleagues perform “pro bono” work in name only for the client — it just happens to provide a vehicle for the lawyer’s advancement of a pet political cause. To me, that’s phony pro bono.