Court adds way for lawyers to donate to access justice

Friday, April 3, 2015, Vol. 39, No. 14

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court said that it is adding a way that lawyers can voluntarily donate to access to justice programs to help people who don't have enough money for an attorney. The state's highest court also adopted changes this week that would not require lawyers to report all of their pro bono hours.

Pro bono refers to work that lawyers do for free or at a substantially reduced fee. The court had considered a change that would require all lawyers to report their pro bono work and be sanctioned if they didn't, but it declined to mandate the reporting. Nevertheless, the court said it continues to encourage lawyers to report their charity legal work because it raises public awareness of how some Tennessee lawyers are helping those in need.