This week is National Celebrate Pro Bono Week – a time set aside to recognize the contributions lawyers make in providing legal services at no or low cost to those of limited resources.
As lawyers we are one of the very few professions, if not the only one, where our Model Rules of Professional Conduct call on us to give at least 50 hours of our time to pro bono work. A recent ABA study found that 80 percent of lawyers provide pro bono services and more than a third meet or exceed 50 hours each year.
I feel a great responsibility as a lawyer, especially to help those who are not as fortunate. Just last Saturday, I moderated a panel on Scams, Frauds, Identity Theft hosted by the Alexandria Bar Association and Alexandria Senior Services.
I thank each of my colleagues for the time, treasure, and talent they give to the many individuals, families, and organizations that need our help.