Pro Bono in Principle and in Practice: Public Service and the Professions

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“This is an excellent, impeccably researched book, which makes an important, original contribution to the scholarly literature of pro bono work. It will deservedly receive a great deal of attention and be the basis for future studies and discussions.”—Erwin Chemerinsky, Duke Law School
“Public Service and the Professions is an important treatment of the problem of pro bono legal service. This book presents new empirical research on current practice by lawyers, law firms, and ...
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Overview


“This is an excellent, impeccably researched book, which makes an important, original contribution to the scholarly literature of pro bono work. It will deservedly receive a great deal of attention and be the basis for future studies and discussions.”—Erwin Chemerinsky, Duke Law School
“Public Service and the Professions is an important treatment of the problem of pro bono legal service. This book presents new empirical research on current practice by lawyers, law firms, and law schools in performing and promoting pro bono legal services. No other work combines thoroughness, currency, and such an empirical base.”—Geoffrey Hazard, University of Pennsylvania Law School
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"This is an excellent, impeccably researched book, which makes an important, original contribution to the scholarly literature of pro bono work. It will deservedly receive a great deal of attention and be the basis for future studies and discussions."—Erwin Chemerinsky, Duke Law School

"Public Service and the Professions is an important treatment of the problem of pro bono legal service. This book presents new empirical research on current practice by lawyers, law firms, and law schools in performing and promoting pro bono legal services. No other work combines thoroughness, currency, and such an empirical base."—Geoffrey Hazard, University of Pennsylvania Law School

"Rhode's book offers a brilliant and comprehensive analysis of pro bono. The book has it all: it explores the arguments for pro bono, the debate over whether it should be mandatory, the social psychology of giving, pro bono in other nations and other professions - and, as a bonus, it reports the results of a comprehensive study spearheaded by Rhode of why lawyers do pro bono. Written with Rhode's characteristic clarity, grace, erudition, and wit, Pro Bono in Principle and Practice stands out as the one indispensable book on pro bono service."—David Luban,Frederick Haas Professor of Law and Philosophy, Georgetown University Law Center

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804751070
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Publication date: 5/27/2005
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Deborah L. Rhode is the Ernest W. McFarland Professor of Law and Director of the Keck Center on Legal Ethics and the Legal Profession at the Stanford Law School. She has written and edited fourteen previous books, including The Difference "Difference" Makes: Women and Leadership (Stanford, 2003).
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The bar's pro bono responsibilities 1
Historical background : court-appointed counsel for the poor 3
Constitutional challenges to court appointments 7
The evolution of voluntary pro bono contributions and bar ethical rules 12
The extent of pro bono work 18
The development of law school pro bono programs 21
Ch. 2 The rationale for pro bono responsibilities 26
Society's justifications for pro bono service 26
The profession's justifications for pro bono service 29
Opposition to pro bono service 31
Moral objections to mandatory pro bono service 37
Practical objections to mandatory pro bono service 39
Compromise proposals 45
The rationale for law school pro bono programs 46
Mandatory pro bono service in law schools 49
Ch. 3 Altruistic behavior 55
Definitions of altruism 56
The benefits of altruism 57
The frequency of charitable behavior 59
The influences on charitable behavior 61
Community service and service learning 65
Implications of altruism research for pro bono programs 70
Ch. 4 Public service in comparative perspective 73
Medicine 73
Engineering 82
Business 88
A comparative assessment 97
Ch. 5 Pro bono service in an international context 100
The evolution of pro bono service 100
The United Kingdom 104
Australia 109
China 114
Connecting the cultures 122
Ch. 6 An empirical analysis of pro bono service among American lawyers 125
Survey methodology 125
Personal characteristics and motivations of surveyed lawyers 130
Pro bono policies and practices 137
Strategies for change 150
Major findings 151
Ch. 7 An empirical analysis of law school pro bono programs 154
Attitudes toward public service 155
Law school culture and public service 156
Pro bono policies 159
Strategies for change 163
Major findings 164
Ch. 8 An agenda for reform 166
Reporting, requiring, and rewarding service 167
Strengthening pro bono programs 173
Pro bono in perspective : broadening the agenda 175
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