|Quoting MaidensGator (Reply 7):|
Quoting Go3Team (Reply 1):
I think that lawyers should have a mandatory percentage of their caseload "pro bono".
I think you should deliver my stuff for free....
I posted that remark late last night when I should have been sleeping. I realize it sounds a bit cynical, so I'll elaborate a bit. Pro Bono work is not required in my state, but the Bar has an aspirational goal of 10 hours a year for each lawyer. We have to report our pro bono time annually. We can't report work for which we're not paid if the client stiffs us; pro bono has to be the intent from the beginning. I'm on the list with our local Legal Aid and I usually report between 20 and 40 hours. That means I donated time worth thousands of dollars to help out people that needed it and couldn't afford it. I have a primarily civil practice, so that's not really related to the topic of this thread.
As noted in the article linked in the first post, the Council in Georgia balked at paying experts in a death penalty case. These cases are incredibly expensive. A similar situation occurred where I live. The money was running out before the new fiscal year started. The local criminal attorneys were NOT withdrawing from the cases. They were trying to get them continued so they could hire investigators, experts, etc. They have to incur those expenses to give a defendant a proper defense. If the defendant doesn't get a proper defense, that's grounds for appeal and possible reversal of any conviction. By the way, most of those criminal lawyers that take those cases are compensated at a much lower rate than they get when hired privately. Personally, I don't believe in going easy on criminals, but if they don't get a fair trial, it harms all of us.
The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers.