Pro Bono Survey- WV Access to Justice Commission

 
1. Please indicate the nature of your legal practice:
2. Did you perform pro bono work in the past 12 months?
3. If so, please describe the type of pro bono work that you performed?
4. How many hours of pro bono work did you perform in 2012?
5. If you work for a law firm or corporation, does your employer have a pro bono policy?
6. If you work for a law firm, does your firm include pro bono hours as billable hours?
7. Please rank how important the following factors were in motivating you to perform pro bono work in the past 12 months:
Extremely ImportantVery ImportantSomewhat ImportantSlightly ImportantNot Important At all
A sense of professional responsibility
The personal satisfaction derived from providing the service
The opportunity to enhance your legal skills
The ability to use the activity toward CLE requirements
Employer policies (where relevant)
Employer encouragement (where relevant)
Encouragement from law firm clients (where relevant)
Professional benefits such as contacts and referrals
The opportunity to gain exposure in the community at-large
Knowledge of the legal needs of poor people
Faith-based commitment
Awards or professional and judicial recognition
8. Please rank specific factors that discouraged you from performing pro bono in the
past 12 months.
Extremely ImportantVery ImportantSomewhat ImportantSlightly ImportantNot Important at all
A lack of time
Competing billable hour expectations and policies (where relevant)
A commitment to family obligations
A lack of skills or experience in the practice areas needed by pro bono clients
A lack of information about opportunities
Discouragement from your employer (where relevant)
A lack of administrative support or resources
A lack of malpractice insurance
A lack of desire
9. Please rank the following factors as to whether you think lawyers would be more inclined to do pro bono work if:
Strongly agreeAgreeSlightly AgreeDo not agree at all
They had a wide range of volunteer opportunities available to them
They had the ability to work on a discrete legal task, such as an initial consultation, rather than a full representation of the client
They were offered free training and CLE credit for services performed
They were encouraged by a judge to take a pro bono case
Courts made scheduling preferences for pro bono volunteers
Free manuals and forms related to the tasks being performed were made available
A colleague asked them directly to take a pro bono case
They were offered mentors and co-counsel
There was reliable pre-screening of client eligibility
Free malpractice insurance coverage related to the pro bono work was provided
Free use of office space and administrative support for pro bono work was given
Bar associations gave more recognition for pro bono volunteers
Employers offered more recognition for pro bono providers
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