Indiana attorneys will be required to report their pro bono services specifically to “public service or charitable groups or organizations” via a rule amendment approved by the Indiana Supreme Court.
Justices on April 3 approved the amendment to Rule 6.7(a) of the Rules of Professional Conduct.
Per the amendment, pro bono reporting would be done as part of the attorney’s annual registration as usual, but it would be expanded to include public service or charitable groups or organizations that received services without charge and without any fee expectation, so long as those groups are consistent with Rule 6.1.
The amended sections would also require attorneys to report the number of legal service hours given directly to public service or charitable groups or organizations at less than 50% of a normal rate and without expectation of any greater fee.
The amendment is effective Jan. 1, 2024. All justices concurred.