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Let more in-house counsel do pro bono service, ABA House resolution says


Appellate courts in each jurisdiction should adopt a rule permitting in-house counsel to provide pro bono services in the jurisdiction in which they work, a new ABA policy urges.

The ABA House of Delegates on Monday adopted Resolution 104B (PDF), calling on appellate courts to adopt a rule permitting and encouraging in-house counsel already authorized to practice law, while employed by an organization in a jurisdiction in which they are not licensed, to provide pro bono services.

Those in-house counsel would still be subject to applicable rules, including rules of professional conduct, and other law.

Such practice already is permitted in 31 jurisdictions, and this measure encourages the other 19 to adopt it.

The policy was sponsored by the association’s Young Lawyer Division and the Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service.

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