December 04, 2015

Monica Fennell: Indiana Pro Bono Culture Growing

According to a survey conducted by The Indiana Lawyer, Indiana attorneys believe the pro bono system has room for improvement. Specifically, the results showed attorney resistance to mandatory pro bono work and rules requiring them to report their pro bono hours. Despite these responses—which The Indiana Lawyer said "likely reflect the unpopularity of Indiana's new pro bono reporting rule"—Faegre Baker Daniels pro bono manager Monica Fennell rejected the idea that the results suggest a downturn in pro bono work in the state.

"I think it's quite the opposite," she said. "I think the pro bono culture in Indiana is building."  

Fennell also noted a national study that revealed the biggest obstacle to attorney pro bono activity: time constraints. Less time-intensive programs such as ask-a-lawyer events and mediation programs reflect efforts to accommodate swamped attorneys, Fennell said.    

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