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May 21, 2016


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1. Law, as a profession, is probably on the far right of the bell curve in terms of hours worked. And no lawyer actually has the option of reducing his normal workload by 50 hours to accommodate his pro-bono work. So a mandatory pro-bono requirement is really just a requirement that a lawyer miss dinner with the spouse, or miss watching the kids little league game.
2. As we all know, there is a bi-modal curve for legal salaries. Most lawyers are not rich, why should they have to volunteer when others don't. This just seems like a gut-punch to a lot of people who are already struggling.
3. We have way too many people graduating relative to the actual number of jobs available. If we suddenly require everyone to offer free legal services, this just serves to shave off some of those jobs on the bottom.

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