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Lawyers logging more pro bono hours, survey finds

July 27, 2016

Lawyers are making more time for pro bono work, according to a recent survey of lawyers by Robert Half Legal. Despite busy schedules and increasing caseloads, 30 percent reported donating more than 80 pro bono hours each year.

That number is up seven points since the last survey was conducted in 2014. The average number of annual pro bono hours reported is 64, up 8 points from the last survey. This is higher than the minimum goal of 50 hours recommended by the American Bar Association, Robert Half Legal notes.

The majority of attorneys who responded to Indiana Lawyer’s 2015 Practicing Law in Indiana survey reported performing six or more hours of pro bono work annually. Fourteen percent said they donate six to 10 hours; 18 percent reported donating 11 to 25 hours; 13 percent said they give 26 to 50 hours; and 15 percent reported performing more than 50 hours of pro bono work each year.

In the national survey, 16 percent responded they contribute fewer than 10 pro bono hours annually, an eight point increase from 2014. Forty percent of Hoosier attorneys told Indiana Lawyer they perform 0 to 5 hours annually.
 

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