No more excuses: law firms must meet pro bono target

The pro bono aspirational target should have ceased being an aspiration long ago.

Whether or not your firm embraces its obligation to give back, large business and government entities offer law firms a clear incentive for helping to close the justice gap: their business.

Every significant legal services tender routinely includes questions about pro bono work and corporate citizenship.

In Australia, the aspirational pro bono target is 35 hours per lawyer per year. 

A shocking 75 per cent of the Australian government’s panel law firms – which between them will conservatively pocket $400 million in fees over the next five years – did not meet the target in 2017-18.

Good corporate citizenship should not be optional. For law firms, pro bono work is a central pillar of any corporate responsibility program.

No more excuses.

Read the full version of this article in Lawyers Weekly.