WHEREAS, in December 2001, Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor Allan Gordon empanelled a Pro Bono Task Force to comprehensively evaluate the need for, and the delivery of, pro bono legal services to the needy, disadvantaged and disenfranchised in Philadelphia;
WHEREAS, the Pro Bono Task Force, after extensive research and investigation, submitted a Report, including Findings and Recommendations ("the Report") to the Board of Governors on June 27, 2002;
WHEREAS, the Board of Governors, after discussion and upon oral motion made and duly seconded, accepted the Report for comment and study;
WHEREAS, the Pro Bono Task Force recommended that the Bar Association encourage the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to require attorneys to mandatorily report their annual hours of pro bono participation in order to assist the Court in its responsibility to ensure access to justice for all;
WHEREAS, the Board of Governors recognizes the importance of self-assessment in meeting the unmet legal needs of the poor and determining the level of pro bono services being provided, and supports the goal of increasing the number of hours devoted to pro bono participation
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Philadelphia Bar Association will pursue further study of mandatory reporting, including education of the Association's membership on the impact and efficacy of self-reporting systems and examination of states which have previously instituted mandatory reporting;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Philadelphia Bar Association will conduct a voluntary survey of its members.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Philadelphia Bar Association will communicate with other bar associations, including the Pennsylvania Bar Association, to solicit information relevant to mandatory reporting of pro bono participation.
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Philadelphia Bar Association will include at the Board of Governors annual meeting on pro bono, the status of mandatory reporting.PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION