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State-by-State Pro Bono Reporting Policies

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State Reporting Policies

Massachusetts
State
** (S.Ct. Mandatory
Reporting

Voluntary
Reporting
Number
Report-
ing
Date
of
Adop-
tion
Comments

Type of Bar Unified (U) or Voluntary (V)


Contact
Alabama     X     U Linda Lund
334-269-1515
x2246

linda.lund@alabar.org
Alaska     X     U Krista Scully
907-272-7469

scullyk@
alaskabar.
org
Arizona   X
(on dues statement)
  1994 Response rates: 31% in '95; 35% in '96. U Betty Flores
602-252-4804 x215
Betty.Flores@staff.azbar.org
Arkansas     X     V Mary Henry
501-376-3423
mhenry@
arkansas
legal
services
.org
California     X     U Sharon Ngim
415-538-2267

sharon.ngim@
calbar.ca.gov
Colorado Rejected

(S.Ct. rejected in 5/99)

  X     V Kathleen Schoen
303-824-5310

kschoen@
cobar.org
Connecticut     X     V Patty Renaud
860-612-2003
prenaud
@ctbar.org
Delaware     X       Janine Howard
302-478-8680 x207

jhoward
dvls.org
DC     X     U Maureen T. Syracuse
202-737-4700
x290

msyracuse@
dcbar.org
Florida X
(on dues statement--failure to report is disciplinary offense)
    1993, upheld 1997 Rule 6.1.
Compliance rates: 90% in '97 and '98; 87% in '99; 88% in '00. Annual cost approx. $10,000. Effected significant increases in participation and monetary contributions.
U Sheila M. Meehan
850-385-7900

sheila@
floridalegal.
org
Georgia   X
(on dues statement and on webpage)
  6/00 Response rate: 8% in '98 (via CLE Form); Rule 6.1 adopted 6/00; reporting policy adopted after promotion by two members of S.Ct. U Michael Monahan
404-527-8762

mike@
gabar.org
Hawaii   X
(separate questionnaire included with dues statement)
  1995
Rule 6.1.
Compliance rates: 10% in '95; 33% in '96; 33.5% in '97. [12/97]
U Moya Gray
808-528-7051

moya@
vlsh.org
Idaho     X     U Carol Craighill
208-334-4510

ccraighi@
isb.state.
id.us
Illinois X
(on dues statement)
    6/06   V Dina Merrell
312-554-1206

dmerrell@
chicagobar.org
Indiana Rejected

  X   Mandatory rejected in favor of judicial cmtes., i.e. Rule 6.6 adopted 10/97. [12/98] V Monica Fennell
317-639-5465
probono@
inbar.org
Iowa     X     V Brett Toresdahl
515-244-8617

isbavlp@
dwx.com
Kansas     X     V Janessa Akin
785-234-5696
jakin@
ksbar.org
Kentucky   X
(on dues statement)
  1992 Rule 6.1.
Response rates: 12% in '96; 15% in '98.
U Tamra Gormley
859-255-9913 x18

tgormley@
ajfky.org
Louisiana   X
(full page form enclosed with dues statement)
  6/98 Response rates 8-9% in '98 and 12.66% in 2001. U Monte Mollere
504-619-0146

mmollere@
lsba.org
Maine     X     V Anne Perillo
207-774-4518
x270
aperillo@
vlp.org
Maryland X (failure to report is a disciplinary offense)     2/02 Response rate: 7-8% in '96. Mandatory reporting adopted along with rule for local committees system. V Sharon Goldsmith
410-837-9379

sgoldsmith@
probonomd.org
Massachusetts Rejected

  X   Cmte. of Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) recommended mandatory in preliminary report 4/98 but eliminated from final report 11/98 due to controversy. V Meg Connolly
617-423-0648

meg@
gbls.org
Michigan   Under
consideration

    Working Group (WG) of Planning Cmte. (PC) of Access to Justice Task Force (AJTF) recommended later consideration of mandatory if voluntary "does not sufficiently increase attorney participation." U Jerome Reide
517-346-6329
jreide@
mail.
michbar.org
Minnesota     X   In 7/99, MSBA approved recommendation to petition S.Ct. for "required reporting" to be included with annual attorney registration statement. Petition to S.Ct. filed 10/99, hearing 12/99, denied 4/00: "Would not significantly advance or assist in the obligation of lawyers to provide pb. svcs." V Caroline Palmer
612-278-6308

cpalmer@
mnbar.org
Mississippi X (failure to report is a disiciplinary offense)     3/05 Approved by Bd. of Bar Commissioners. U Shirley Williams
601-948-4476

swilliams@
msbar.org
Missouri   X
(full page form enclosed with dues statement)
  5/97 Rule 6.1.
Average 10% response rate.
U Steve Murrell
573-638-2240

smurrell@
mobar.org
Montana   X   2000   U Ann Gilkey
406-442-7660

agilkey@
montanabar.
org
Nebraska     X     U Jean McNeil
800-927-0117

jmcneil@
nebar.com
Nevada  X (failure to report is not a disciplinary offense)  

   5/03 Rule 191 (adopted 1996) established statewide and local cmtes. In 10/98, State Bar terminated consideration of voluntary to avoid data collection role. U Lynn Etkins, Esq.
800-254-2797 ext. 404
LynnE@
nvbar.org
New Hampshire           U Virginia Martin
603-224-6942
vmartin@
nhbar.org
New Jersey           V Sharon Balsamo
732-937-7505
x7544

sbalsamo@
njsba.com
New Mexico   X
(on dues statement)
  1996 Rule 6.1.
Compliance rates: 32% in '97; 33% in '98.
V Richard Spinello
505-797-6050

rspinello@
nmbar.org
New York Rejected

(City Bar's recommendation in '94 -S.Ct. viewed as "first step" toward mandatory svc.)

  X   In '98, anonymous voluntary mail survey sent to 10% of NY Bar members regarding '97 pro bono activities to establish benchmark for 5/97 Resolution of the Admin. Bd. of the Cts.; compliance rate: 51.3%. V Cynthia Feathers
518-487-5640

cfeathers@
nysba.org
North Carolina     X     V Michelle Cofield
919-657-1565

mcofield@
ncbar.org
North Dakota     X     U Deb Knuth
701-255-1406
Ohio     X     V Dave Bell
614-752-8919

dball@
olaf.org
Oklahoma     X     U Karen ("Sunny") Langdon
918-295-9422

karen.langdon@
laok.org
Oregon   X
Reporting Form
      U Debra
Maryanov
503-431-6355

dmaryanov@
osbar.org
Pennsylvania     X   In 1999, Bar Task Force for Legal Services to the Needy considered recommending that "every attorney be obligated to report his or her financial or time commitment to legal services to the poor," but withdrew proposal due to membership's negative reaction. V David Trevaskis
800-932-0311

david.
trevaskis@
pabar.org
Rhode Island     X     U Susan Fontaine
401-421-5740
sfontaine@
ribar.com
South Carolina     X     U Jill Rothstein
803-799-6653
jill.rothstein@
scbar.org
South Dakota     X     U Doug Cummings
605-336-9230

e01@
erlservices.com
Tennessee   

  X (on TBA dues statement)      V Rebecca Rhodes
800-899-6993

brhodes
@tnbar.org
Texas   X   1992 Resolution.
Response rates:
94/95 - 39.5%
95/96 - 40.1%
96/97 - 34.7%
97/98 - 21.3%
98/99 - 17.3%
99/00 - 21.1%
 2000 - 38.7%
 2001 - 29.6%
Format changes '97-'99 reduced prominence of legal services to poor category
U Emily Jones
512-463-1463
x2155
ejones@
texasbar.com
Utah Rejected

X
(on dues statement)
  8/98 Rule 6.1.
S.Ct. rejected Bar Commission's mandatory proposal.
U Toby Brown
801-297-7027

tbrown@
utahbar.org
Vermont     

    S.Ct. Cmte. examining pro bono issues, including reporting.   Angele Court
802-863-7153

acourt@
lawlinevt.
org
Virginia   X     2/99 Resolution of Council of State Bar directs VSB to "periodically provide its members with the opportunity, through the annual dues statement or other means, to voluntarily report." V Maureen Petrini
804-775-0522

petrini@
vsb.org
Washington   X

  9/1/03   U Sharlene Steele
206-727-8319

sharlene@
wsba.org
West Virginia     X     V Jean Audet
304-343-4481
Wisconsin  

  X   In 3/02, Bar's Legal Assistance Committee proposed mandatory for four-year period. BOG sent rule back to committee for revision before September 2002 meeting. Proposal rejected. U Jeff Brown
608-250-6177

jbrown@
wisbar.org
Wyoming     X     U Leigh Ann Manlove
307-632-9061

lmanlove@
wyomingbar.
org

State Pro Bono Reporting: A Guide for Bar Leaders and Others Considering Strategies for Expanding Pro Bono

Arguments In Favor and Against Pro Bono Reporting

Massachusetts

Updated: 8/27/2007

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