Believe it or not, pro bono cases actually don’t receive much attention. This is due to the that a lot of pro bono work is done in criminal defense cases. The criminal defense attorney agrees to work for free or a small compensation in order to represent their client. This seems almost backwards as most of the time clients pay their criminal attorneys a lot of money because they are under the assumption the more money they spend the better their defense will be.
There has been on case recently that has been be “partially” pro bono. This was the famous trial of Casey Anthony vs the State of Florida. All of her lawyers worked for a very small fee and spent almost three years prepping her defense. The real question is “Why?” Is representing Casey Anthony in her case against Florida really “for the good of the people” as pro bono suggests? Was it a social commentary on how it’s hard to find good representation when you can’t afford it? In all honesty, probably not. Nevertheless she was found not guilty in the murder of her child. In my opinion these lawyers took on this case pro bono not for the good of the people but for publicity.
A lot of employment lawyers also do pro-bono work but this time it’s truly “for the good of the people” especially when it comes to the advancement of legislation for human rights. At lot of employment attorneys will take discrimination cases whether they be age, sexual, gender, etc pro bono and then take part of the settlement as their pay. The same can be said for all personal injury attorneys. All personal injury attorneys work pro bono until settlement when they take a percentage. Sometimes this can be up to 40%… so much for the good of the people right?