Rosenblum: In pro bono work, Minnesota is above average, too

  • Article by: GAIL ROSENBLUM , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 12, 2013 - 5:54 AM

Did you hear the one about 350 lawyers who walk into the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D. C.?

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callmeronMar. 13, 13 6:03 AM

If I charged $350 - $700 per hour for my work as lawyers do I could afford to do some freebies, too.

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spruce1Mar. 13, 1311:57 AM

Not mentioned is the fact that pro bono work is required in order to maintain one's MN law license.

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bumswrapMar. 13, 13 1:57 PM

spruce1, as an attorney I can tell you that doing pro bono work is not a requirement to maintain one's law license. It is what is called an "aspirational goal," meaning its something we aspire to as lawyers. It does mean we reach the goal, and it certainly doesn't mean that if we don't reach the goal we lose our license. Having said that, pretty much every lawyer I know does pro bono work. As far as lawyers being paid $350-700 per hour, sure some do charge that much, and in rare cases, more. But the vast majority of lawyers in Minnesota, especially those serving individuals in things like family law cases, housing court, etc., charge in the range of $150-250 per hour.

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