Calif. May Propel In-House Pro Bono Changes In Other States

The California State Bar Board of Trustees is now considering a new allowance for registered in-house counsel to do pro bono work under the supervision of that entity or an eligible legal aid organization.

News Story (California)

Andrew Strickler
November 25, 2018

Tags: Access to Justice, Pro Bono

Organizations mentioned/involved: Pro Bono Institute, Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland, North Carolina Pro Bono Resource Center


Eve Runyon of the Pro Bono Institute said that, after California, her sights are set on corporate-focused Maryland and North Carolina. Both states, she argued, could help narrow the justice gap by simplifying their own rules for in-house pro bono practice and otherwise encouraging corporate teams to get involved.

“One of the problems we have with pro bono practice restrictions is jurisdictions that permit lawyers from other jurisdictions to work for sometimes multimillion dollar companies, but they can’t do pro bono without some kind of extra supervision,” she said.