RESOLUTION ADOPTING LAW FIRM PRO BONO REPORTING
WHEREAS, in December 2001, the Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association empanelled a Pro Bono Task Force ("Task Force") to investigate and report on the state of pro bono in the Philadelphia Bar Association; and,
WHEREAS, on June 19, 2002, the Task Force issued a report, with findings and recommendations, and presented the report to the Board of Governors at its next scheduled meeting, on June 27, 2002; and,
WHEREAS, on September 26, 2002, the Board of Governors formally adopted more than sixty (60) recommendations of the Task Force; and,
WHEREAS, among the Task Force's recommendation was a recommendation that the Philadelphia Bar Association coordinate the development of a mechanism for the annual reporting of law firms' participation in pro bono activities; and,
WHEREAS, in February 2003, the Chancellor requested that the Philadelphia Bar Association's Law Firm Pro Bono Committee develop an annual reporting form; and,
WHEREAS, the Committee studied, met and considered the issues relating to the development and format of such a mechanism and developed a reporting form, which is attached as Exhibit A.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Philadelphia Bar Association hereby approves and adopts the annual pro bono reporting form attached as Exhibit A, and urges its members' law firms to report annually their law firms' pro bono participation on the form attached as Exhibit A.
AND, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the information reported by each of the law firms shall be kept confidential, except that the information collected may be reported in the aggregate, and the identities of those law firms reporting each year may be made public, and further that, notwithstanding the foregoing, each of the reporting law firms may elect to have its information made public by the Philadelphia Bar Association.
AND, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Chancellor is authorized to take any and all actions necessary to implement the annual reporting of law firm pro bono activities through use of the reporting form attached as Exhibit A.
PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
ADOPTED: MARCH 25, 2004
Philadelphia Bar Association
Law Firm Pro Bono Committee
Pro Bono Reporting Form
Please report your pro bono contact information and statistics as indicated below. Please include only Philadelphia lawyers (and paralegals, if you choose to report them as well), not personnel in other offices. If your firm's policies do not permit disclosure of certain information requested, please indicate in your responses. Statistics and other information reported here will be reported in aggregate form and also with reference to specific firms where permission is given. Provide any additional information or explanation on a separate sheet attached.
Name of firm:
Contact person (name, address, phone number, email address):
Year reported (calendar year is preferred; if not calendar year, please indicate period covered):
Indicate whether statistics reported here cover lawyers only or also paralegals:
Average number of pro bono hours per Phila lawyer (or lawyer and paralegal) during the reporting period:
Percentage of Phila lawyers (or lawyers and paralegals) with more than 50 pro bono hours during the reporting period:
Percentage of Phila lawyers (or lawyers and paralegals) with ANY pro bono hours during the reporting period:
Cash contributions by firm during reporting period to organizations that provide legal services to persons of limited means in Phila (see RPC 6.1):
Please indicate whether you calculated pro bono based on the definition in RPC 6.1 or in the Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge:
Please indicate whether we may disclose this report with reference to your firm by name: