June 01, 2018 Opening Statement

Pro Bono Work: A Convergence of Present and Future Needs

Koji F. Fukumura | The author is a partner with Cooley LLP, San Diego, and chair of the Section of Litigation.

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In an era where trials are becoming more and more infrequent, meaningful opportunities for our young lawyers to take a deposition, to argue a dispositive motion before a trial or administrative law judge, or to advocate before a court of appeals have become equally infrequent. And survey after survey of associate satisfaction lists the availability of and support for pro bono opportunities as a key metric of their satisfaction. These are critical reasons why actively engaging your young lawyers in pro bono makes sense right now.

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