As soon as you are admitted to your state’s bar, you will most likely be inundated with a deluge of fees and bullshit. Besides law school itself, one of the biggest scams in the legal industry has to be the push for lawyers to participate in pro bono programs. I can’t stand it when associates at large firms talk about their pro bono projects or encourage me to “give back.” I do enough “pro bono” work for clients that don’t pay me, I spend enough of my time not getting paid, and what little I do earn goes straight to Sallie Mae.
The last thing I need to do is waste more of my time working for free because some elder lawyer with a six-figure salary decided to assuage his wealth-guilt by forcing the rest of us poor saps to work for his pet charity in some feeble attempt to rehabilitate his perceived negative public image. Feel guilty about being a wealthy lawyer? How about assuaging your guilt by throwing a bone to those in your noble profession who can barely make ends meet? How about turning a critical eye to the schools and universities that churn out more law grads than the market can absorb? Until then, take your pro-bono guilt trip and shove it up your ass.
I don’t know why some lawyers get such a boner telling other lawyers to give their services away for free. Spending someone else’s tax money isn’t true charity; neither is forcing other people to work for free in the name of your public image.