RESOLUTION MAINTAINING FREE BAR ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIP

WHEREAS, the Philadelphia Bar Association Board of Governors adopted the below Resolution on Feb. 23, 1995:

WHEREAS, the recent economic realities have resulted in fewer employment opportunities available in the legal community;

WHEREAS, 50-52% of 1993 law school graduates nationwide were unable to find employment opportunities in the legal profession by the time of graduation;

WHEREAS, new lawyers often have significant financial obligations which become all the more burdensome when they are unable to secure employment upon graduation from law school;

WHEREAS, the Philadelphia Bar Association and its Membership and Bar Placement Committee have long been dedicated to providing outreach and assistance to lawyers who are unemployed;

WHEREAS, free membership in the Philadelphia Bar Association would allow new lawyers who are unemployed and who therefore may not be able to afford membership dues to become active in the Philadelphia Bar Association;

WHEREAS, new lawyers who are unable to find employment in the legal community may benefit from Association membership through, including but not limited to, the Career Planning and Placement Service, the availability of skills, training courses at a discounted rate, and the opportunities presented for networking through participation on Committees and in Sections;

WHEREAS, new lawyers who are unemployed can make valuable contributions to the Association and may be more likely to remain members of the Bar Association if they become involved as new lawyers;

WHEREAS, new lawyers may utilize their skills and knowledge to assist various pro bono organizations in the Philadelphia area while seeking employment;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Governors of the Philadelphia Bar Association hereby approves the provision of one year of free membership in the Philadelphia Bar Association to unemployed new lawyers under the following terms and conditions:

(1) New lawyers are defined as members of the Bar who have graduated from law school in the year immediately preceding commencement of the Bar Association's fiscal year. (2) New lawyers to whom free membership is extended are urged to handle a case on a pro bono basis for one of the pro bono organizations in Philadelphia or to volunteer for a minimum of 15 hours with one such organization. (3) This program shall be reviewed by the Board of Governors in one year, at which time the Board shall determine whether it shall be extended for additional years.

WHEREAS, approximately 10 lawyers have availed themselves of this program in the last year;

WHEREAS, the free membership for unemployed new lawyers program continues to be an important potential service for new lawyers, which, as a consequence, benefits the Bar Association at minimal cost and pro bono organizations at no cost;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Governors of the Philadelphia Bar Association, upon review of the included resolution, approves the continuation of this program for an additional year.

PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
ADOPTED: May 23, 1996