Friday, February 17, 2006

Fulbright pro bono switch up?

Here's another example of how pro bono service can be a win-win for big law firms and the communities they serve. This one, however, looks to me like pro bono assistance to the prosecutor's office. That's a good thing, mind you, but it does seem like overkill. If the County Attorney's office is understaffed, I can only imagine what the public defender's office must be like. Maybe I'm misreading this press release, which can be seen in full here. If so, I'd appreciate it if someone could straighten me out.
Fulbright's Minnesota Office Announces Attorney Loan Program with Ramsey County Attorney's Office MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 16, 2006--Fulbright & Jaworski's Minnesota office has launched an Attorney Loan Program between the law firm and Minnesota's Ramsey County Attorney's Office. The program involves Fulbright associates being loaned full-time on a pro bono basis to the Ramsey County Attorney's Office, which serves St. Paul and surrounding communities. In a program designed to give the next generation of trial lawyers intensive experience in trying cases, Fulbright & Jaworski's Attorney Loan Program loans associates to public law offices across the nation. The program with the Ramsey County Attorney's Office will give Fulbright's Minnesota attorneys the opportunity to try felony cases. It is the only known program of its type in Minnesota that allows loaned attorneys felony jury trial experience. Ramsey County is the second-most populous in Minnesota and has on average 3,200 adult felonies and over 4,000 juvenile cases per year.


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