Across the country, law firms are riding the wave of a national trend, hiring attorneys for full-time pro bono positions in increasing numbers. But some attorneys are finding their footing in a much less visited middle ground, splitting their time between profit and not-for-profit work.

Eileen Bloom and Craig Donaldson are two attorneys who have found that niche and filled it at Chicago-based Winston & Strawn. In 1996, the firm decided to employ an associate to spend about 50% of his or her time on pro bono work and the other half on billable cases.

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