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Deadline to comment on pro bono reporting requirement nears

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Indiana attorneys who wish to share comments about required pro bono reporting have until April 1 to provide their views.

The Indiana State Bar Association House of Delegates in October approved mandatory pro bono reporting. Attorneys may comment at probono@inbf.org.

The reporting requirement is championed by Chief Justice Brent Dickson, and the comment period is in advance of a report due May 1 from the Indiana Pro Bono Commission Reporting Task Force, managed by the Indiana Bar Foundation.

The foundation is encouraging bar members to comment to ensure the widest possible feedback.

While Indiana has no requirement for performing pro bono service, the state’s Pro Bono Commission sets an aspirational goal for lawyers to perform 50 hours annually.

Dickson in October said there’s no intent to mandate pro bono service. “We’re really looking for not just lawyers to do pro bono work, but how do you incentivize it,” he said last year. States such as Arizona, for example, provide continuing legal education allowances in exchange for hours of pro bono service, and some have suggested other potential rewards for pro bono work.


 

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