One TrustLaw program seeks to improve medical care for Indian children
Many U.S. lawyers say they feel obligated to engage in pro bono work. They say that providing legal services to local communities and organizations is gratifying. Lawyers in the U.K., Australia, Canada and South Africa—countries whose law firms and legal departments also have well-organized pro bono programs—tend to agree with the sentiment.
But elsewhere in the world, where pro bono programs are often ad hoc or nonexistent, lawyers are missing out on the satisfying work. For instance, many Brazilian lawyers are forbidden to participate in pro bono work because local bar associations have proclaimed that such services will adversely affect other attorneys’ livelihoods.