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Q: I’m a lawyer in a 700-lawyer firm. We took on a challenge to the city’s homeless services as a pro bono matter. Our client is a respected organization that works for the homeless. We’re not charging, of course, but we could get a fee from the court if we prevail.

After two years of tough battles, the city offered to meet six of the eight service and accommodation demands contained in our complaint. If we go to trial, we have at best a one-in-three chance of winning on all eight demands. Even if we did, it could take easily another three years to work through appeals. We could also lose entirely.

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