Record Pro Bono Services from Law Firms Despite Economic Recession, $2 Billion in Free Legal Services in 2009

Law firms pro bono efforts remain steady dispite economic downturns

WASHINGTON, June 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The pro bono efforts of major law firms held steady in 2009 despite the continued pressures of the economic downturn, according to the Pro Bono Institute’s 2009 Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge® Report released today.

In 2009, 134 of the nation’s law firms performed 4,867,820 hours of pro bono work, an increase of nearly 24,000 hours from 2008. The total translates to nearly $2 billion in free legal services, or the equivalent of 3,100 full time lawyers – almost the same as the number of full time salaried legal services attorneys in the U.S.

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