Can You Afford to Do Good?

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The age-old concept of pro bono publico ("for the public good") describes the services of lawyers who voluntarily contribute their time, without charge or at substantially reduced rates, to establish or preserve the rights of disadvantaged individuals and to assist organizations that help such individuals. But the simple fact is that no lawyer can be expected to fulfill a broader social purpose of serving the public unless that lawyer's practice generates the profitability that allows devoting time to pro bono work. Indeed, the largest firms know (just as the largest corporations do) that profitability supports programs and services that benefit people who cannot otherwise afford them.

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