Jeffrey H.K. Sia
pro bono is a controversial topic that recently received some national
attention. In the June edition of the ABA’s “Washington Letter”
publication, it was reported that the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee
held a hearing on “Closing the Justice Gap” on 5/22/08. Senator
Benjamin Cardin (D-Md.) chaired the hearing and reportedly asked
whether pro bono legal services might be federally mandated or required
by individual states as a way to provide access to justice for those in
need of legal services, but without the resources to fulfill those
ABA Governmental Affairs Director Thomas Susman later
responded to Senator Cardin’s question in a 5/29/08 letter, indicating
that the ABA strongly encouraged and supported pro bono and public
service benefiting low-income individuals and organizations that serve
the poor. That response corresponds to the HSBA’s encouragement and
support of pro bono services in Hawaii. The HSBA not only promotes pro
bono service, but provides such service through its Legal Line service
and various YLD pro bono activities. It is a member of the Access to
Justice Hui and has representatives on the newly formed Access to
Susman also wrote that in 2002, the ABA
rejected the inclusion of mandatory pro bono requirements. The ABA’s
Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service “maintains that
mandatory pro bono would not constructively help solve the justice gap
and could actually be counterproductive because it would:
detrimentally and disproportionately impact small firms and solo
practitioners and newer lawyers, who do not have the resources to
absorb the impact of the requirement;
• hurt lawyers’ morale and reduce other altruistic inclinations; and
detrimentally impact the quality of service provided to low-income
clients because lawyers would be required to provide representation
outside their areas of expertise.”
What do you think? What can
we do – what can the HSBA do to provide “access to justice” beyond what
is being done? Let the HSBA know your thoughts and comments.
Mahalo for your comments.
--Jeff H.K. Sia
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