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ER 6.1. Voluntary Pro Bono Publico Service

Arizona Revised Statutes AnnotatedRules of the Supreme Court of Arizona

Arizona Revised Statutes Annotated
Rules of the Supreme Court of Arizona (Refs & Annos)
V. Regulation of the Practice of Law
D. Lawyer Obligations
Rule 42. Arizona Rules of Professional Conduct
Public Service
A.R.S. Sup.Ct.Rules, Rule 42, Rules of Prof.Conduct, ER 6.1
ER 6.1. Voluntary Pro Bono Publico Service
(a) A lawyer should voluntarily render public interest legal service. A lawyer may discharge this responsibility by rendering a minimum of fifty hours of service per calendar year by one or a combination of the following activities:
(1) Providing professional services at no fee or at a substantially reduced fee to the poor or near poor or to organizations that have as a principal purpose promoting the interests of the poor or near poor, or to individuals, groups or organizations seeking to secure or protect civil rights, civil liberties or public rights; or
(2) Providing services at no fee or at a substantially reduced fee in connection with law-related education sponsored by the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education or activities for improving the law, the legal system or the legal profession; or
(3) Providing professional or other law-related services at no fee or at a substantially reduced fee to charitable groups or organizations.
(4) When pro bono publico service is done at a substantially reduced fee, the fee shall be agreed to in writing at the inception of the representation and refer to this Rule.
(b) A lawyer who works less than full-time may discharge this responsibility by adjusting downward the fifty hour standard by an appropriate percentage. A lawyer who renders substantially more than fifty hours of service in one year may carry over excessive hours to subsequent years in satisfaction of the standard.
(c) A law firm or other group of lawyers may satisfy their responsibility under this Rule, if they desire, collectively. For example, the designation of one or more lawyers to work on pro bono publico matters may be attributed to other lawyers within the firm or group who support the representation. Other forms of collective activity, if approved by the State Bar, may also satisfy the responsibility.
(d) The efforts of individual lawyers are not enough to meet the needs of the poor. The profession and government have instituted programs to provide direct delivery of legal services to the poor. The direct support of such programs is an alternative expression of support to provide law in the public interest, and a lawyer is encouraged to provide financial support for organizations that provide legal services to persons of limited means or to the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education for the direct delivery of legal services to the poor.

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Added Oct. 10, 1990, effective Dec. 1, 1990. Amended June 9, 2003, effective Dec. 1, 2003. Amended and effective Oct. 16, 2003.
17A Pt. 2 A. R. S. Sup. Ct. Rules, Rule 42, Rules of Prof. Conduct, ER 6.1, AZ ST S CT RULE 42 RPC ER 6.1
State Court Rules are current with amendments received through November 15, 2023. The Code of Judicial Administration is current with amendments received through November 1, 2023.
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