Litigator Mike Goecke co-chaired the Partners for Justice conference, Maryland’s marquee event for pro bono legal service providers. The conference, presented by the Pro Bono Resource Center, drew about 300 attendees, including many judges and public officials. Mike serves on the board of the PBRC.
Mike also moderated a panel on “How Law Firm Pro Bono Works.” Law firms take differing approaches when it comes to pro bono service. Some see it as a great training ground for younger lawyers; others view it as part of the firm culture; and a few will allow it simply to keep up with the current trends. Mike led the roundtable of law firm pro bono coordinators in a candid discussion about promoting and involving lawyers in meaningful pro bono work, the obstacles they face in doing so, and what they view as most beneficial in institutionalizing a pro bono commitment in the future.
For more information on pro bono services in Maryland, visit www.probonomd.org.