RULE 6.1 Voluntary Pro Bono Public Service

Pro bono service is voluntary. It is a choice. It is an ethical responsibility all lawyers consider seriously. Below, the precise language of Rule 6.1.

A lawyer should aspire to render at least (50) hours of pro bono publico legal services per year. In fulfilling this responsibility, the lawyer should: 

  1. Provide a substantial portion of the (50) hours of legal services without fee or expectation of fee to:
  2. persons of limited means;
  3. charitable, religious, civic, community, governmental and educational organizations in matters which are designed primarily to address the needs of persons of limited means.
  4. Provide any additional services through:
  5. delivery of legal services at no fee or substantially reduced fee to individuals, groups or organizations seeking to secure or protect civil rights, civil liberties or public rights, or charitable, religious, civic, community, governmental and educational organizations in matters in furtherance of their organizational purposes, where the payment of standard legal fees would significantly deplete the organization’s economic resources or would be otherwise inappropriate;
  6. delivery of legal services at a substantially reduced fee to persons of limited means;
  7. participation in activities for improving the law, the legal system or the legal profession.

In addition, a lawyer should voluntarily contribute financial support to organizations that provide legal services to persons of limited means. No reporting rules or requirements may be imposed without specific permission of the Supreme Court granted through amendments to these Rules. There is no disciplinary penalty for a violation of this Rule.