Second Circuit: Pro Bono Fees For Small Firm? Depends On Your Motives, Apparently
From Susan Cartier Liebel at Build a Solo Practice, LLC, comes this tale of a really bad 2nd Circuit decision that denied a successful pro bono lawyer’s application for fees on the amount submitted and held, basically (as far as I can tell from the snippet Susan published) that the client’s expectations (read: pro bono = free service!) determined the value of the fees assessed. So, Susan points out: “What is especially galling is if the attorney can show he did not take it on for moral reasons but strictly monetary ones, she will get her full fees.”
Doesn’t do much for supporting pro bono efforts in small firms and solos, does it?