Why do I do pro bono? This is a question I’m frequently asked.
Here are some of my responses:
1. I like to do it. It makes me feel good. When I help someone with a legal issue/problem, I feel GREAT!
2. Often, it exposes me to new people. If there’s a pro bono project, chances are I’ll meet at least one new person.
3. It’s part of my responsibility as an attorney. See Rule 6.1.
4. I learn something new EACH TIME! Whether I learn a new area of the law, a tidbit about a particular part of the state, a new technology, a new organization that’s helping people, etc.
5. Often, I get to teach something to someone. Yup, that’s right. I get to be a teacher. And, that’s pretty cool. I always liked playing school as a child – especially when I got to play the teacher. So here’s my opportunity to re-enact one of my favorite childhood pastimes.
Why do you do pro bono?