Growing Trend In Large Law Firms Bearing Fruit As Public Interest Attorneys Make Partner While there are large law firms out there that run highly effective pro bono programs headed up by non-attorney professionals, in the last ten years there has been ''an enormous upswing'' of efforts led by attorneys, says Esther Lardent, President of the Pro Bono Institute, which is affiliated with Georgetown University Law Center, Washington D.C.
Moving to having an attorney run the pro bono program has been "a very significant sea change," says Lardent, but it's not the only answer. "There's nothing magic about it, but it can be enormously helpful" to have an attorney at the helm, says Lardent. And, with the pioneers in these positions reaching their five or ten year mark on the job, there is now a "micro-trend" of public interest partners, says Lardent.
Plus, while Lardent is seeing this trend all around the country, Washington, D.C. law firms are "close to saturation point" in making the switch over to attorney pro bono coordinators.
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