The term “pro bono,” a shortened version of the Latin phrase “pro bono publico,” has a specific meaning in the context of legal work. The phrase translates to “for the public good,” and attorneys working pro bono offer their services at a low cost or for free in order to help those in need. Pro bono service is highly recommended by the American Bar Association, which suggests that lawyers undertake 50 hours of pro bono work every year.
This recommendation has more recently become a mandate for lawyers interested in practicing in New York, which has established rules requiring 50 hours of pro bono service prior to receiving a license to practice in the state. The regulations, which take effect in 2015, are designed to promote public interest work among attorneys in the state, and will be facilitated by the state’s law schools, many of which offer opportunities for students to perform pro bono service while pursuing their J.D. degrees.
Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates created the Firm’s Pro Bono Initiative in collaboration with the Nassau/Suffolk Law Services Committee’s Volunteer Lawyers Project. To learn more about the Pro Bono initiative, please visit ww.rosicki.com and www.rosickigives.com.