Question of the Week

Has pro bono work helped you professionally?

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Can pro bono pay off?

An article in the June ABA Journal magazine features three lawyers whose volunteer work—in aviation, employment and intellectual property law—has ended up sending paid work their way.

Lawyer Richard Roth says his pro bono copyright and trademark work for authors, lyricists and songwriters can really pay off if a client ends up making it big. ‚ÄúSome of them become successful and famous later, and they remember the work I did when they were struggling.”

This week, we’d like to ask you: Has your pro bono work helped you professionally? Did pro bono work ever lead to paid work? Did it give you valuable work experience you otherwise never would have had? Did it send you on a new career path? Answer in the comments.

Read the answers to last week’s question: Do you believe you are fairly compensated for your work?

Featured answer:

Posted by Fed JD: “A first-year associate at D.C. BigLaw makes $30K more than I do as a 15th-year fed with a JD/LLM and a tribal appellate judgeship. A Holland & Knight partner’s financial disclosure revealed he was making $830K prior to taking a federal political position as an attorney. No, I’m not fairly compensated for my work.”

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