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"Pro bono work always in demand"

"Economy in recovery or recession, need persists for lawyers donating time"

May 7, 2015

As part of recurring series "Legal Inc." The Charlotte Business Journal reported "Pro bono work always in demand: Economy in recovery or recession, need persists for lawyers donating time" in its May 1st edition.

Laura Williams-Tracy examined "the American Bar Association’s recommendation of 50 hours of such work per lawyer per year" and how different firms handle pro bono matters. In her reporting, Williams-Tracy called on Nexsen Pruet's Jeff Tibbals.

An excerpt:

“We really rededicated ourselves to pro bono work in 2012,” says Jeff Tibbals, chair of Nexsen Pruet’s pro bono committee, which reviews and approves all volunteer work to ensure there are no conflicts of interest with clients. “Pro bono work played a large role in the history of our firm, but it had not been formally institutionalized. We needed policies and procedures in place to make sure we had streamlined systems for intake and related issues.”

At Nexsen Pruet, the approval process for pro bono work comes with an engagement letter to the new client. It specifies the scope of work rather than creating an ongoing retainer relationship.

Nexsen Pruet attorneys provide pro bono services to citizens throughout the Carolinas and to organizations dedicated to delivering legal services to those less fortunate. We aim to identify pro bono clients who have both great need and who are most likely to benefit from our capabilities and experience. Cases and matters span a wide range of practice areas and are handled by teams from all eight firm locations. Read more.