Are you planning to retire, but afraid to give up your “active” license? Or perhaps you are thinking about changing careers and leaving the legal profession, but still want to volunteer? Or maybe you are a parent or primary caregiver that does not need an “active” license but still wishes to volunteer from time to time? Whatever the reason is, there is a simple solution: Apply to become a WSBA Emeritus Pro Bono member. Read more
Law students often see themselves working at a public interest or legal-services setting. But after graduation, few new lawyers end up following that path. One study found just 4% of newer lawyers working in a public interest or legal services. Why might this be?
Certainly, it is not for lack of demand or the need for access to justice. Since the Great Recession, the need for affordable legal services has continued to grow, while governments continue to cut funding. Not only do these cuts harm people who can’t afford a lawyer, they also make finding a job in public-interest law and legal services increasingly difficult. Dwindling opportunities discourage newer lawyers from pursuing a career focused on social justice, even though their skills are badly needed. Read more