WHEREAS, funding for public interest legal service remains severely reduced due to cut-backs by governments and foundations;
WHEREAS, a substantial number of students enter law school intending to perform public service as lawyers but are unable to take positions in the public interest due to the lack of placement opportunities;
WHEREAS, the Public Interest Section has worked with the Large Firm Management Committee to develop a new Public Interest Fellowship, through which graduating law school students and legal clerks will be able to defer their employment in private law firms and legal departments for one year as they work in public interest placements, with their sponsoring employers advancing to them half of their first year salaries to permit that service;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Philadelphia Bar Association endorses the Public Interest Fellowship as a significant step in the creation of public interest placements and an expression of the profession's commitment to public interest legal service, and urges private law firms and corporate law departments in this City and across the country to offer these Fellowships to their attorneys.
PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
ADOPTED: May 20, 1993