Mandating disclosure of pro bono hours and how much money lawyers pay to pro bono providers on the biennial registration statement (NYLJ, May 1, 2013) is unlikely to serve its intended purpose of increasing free legal services to those needing them, for the simple reason that most firms in New York are small operations or solo practitioners, who are already stretched to the limit and depend on clients to pay their bills to keep their doors open and the lights on.
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