This post is by Nora Rock, corporate writer and policy analyst at LAWPRO
Pro bono work is something nearly every lawyer does occasionally. Here’s one practical tip for avoiding some pro bono pitfalls: open a file for every matter you handle.
By “open a file”, we mean treat the work like you would any other work. Run a conflicts check; diarize deadlines; document the client’s instructions, your advice and the steps you take; and docket your time (even if you won’t bill it).
Treating an “off-books” matter like any other case makes it less likely that you will skip steps, . . . [more]