THE CITY PAPER REPORTS:
The Tennessee Bar Association has asked the Tennessee Supreme Court to implement four changes in the rules under which lawyers here operate. The intent is to increase “pro bono” service.
1. Review and possibly modify ethics rules regarding conflicts of interest for when attorneys participate in free legal-aid programs that offer limited services, such as legal advice hotlines, especially when the interaction involves “brief advice and no ongoing representation.”
2. Allow companies’ in-house attorneys can take part in legal aid and bar association pro bono programs, regardless of whether they have passed the Tennessee bar.
3. Adopt an “aspirational standard” of 50 hours per year of pro bono service.
4. Ask attorneys to report pro bono service hours to assist the legal industry as a whole to have reliable figures on how much pro bono work members of Tennessee’s bar do each year.
For information about the South Carolina Bar’s Pro Bono Program, visit http://www.scbar.org/member_resources/pro_bono_program/.