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What About Law Department-Sanctioned Pro Bono?

A recent article about Gregory Bower, the general counsel of the United States' Government Printing Office, mentioned the issue of departmentally sanctioned pro bono. "As a federal agency, the GPO doesn’t engage in pro bono work," the article states. "Bower points out, however, that he encourages his lawyers 'to engage in pro bono work on an individual basis and as allowed by federal law.'"

Rees Morrison, of the Law Department Management blog, posts that some law departments, as an entire law department, commit to support a pro bono activity. "For the legal departments of US government agencies, the distinction between departmental support and personal support is crucial," Morrison writes. "For private corporations, I doubt there is a similar divide."

Posted by Laurel Newby on April 17, 2007 at 06:02 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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