“The Year Ahead In Pro Bono, US And Abroad”
In 2015, look for the real story in pro bono legal services beneath the numbers. It’s pretty clear by now that even consistently robust hours — up to 5 million a year in the United States for several years running — are not enough to meet demand from poor persons in need of legal help. Given that the justice gap, like the wealth gap, seems only to widen with time, the good news lies not in the numbers alone, but in how these hours are utilized. With increasing frequency, pro bono leaders are calling not simply for more, but for more collaborative, more creative, more proactive pro bono initiatives. As these efforts bear fruit, look for new initiatives in the U.S. and abroad; they will be necessary, especially in those countries feeling the squeeze of shrinking public legal aid budgets.