Jacobs said pro bono work is used by law firms to recruit associates and develop their skills, according to the account. The pro bono lawyers honor each other “sometimes over and over again” without taking responsibility for the impact of their work, he said.
He cited one case in which his former law firm, Simpson Thacher, represented a tenant known as the “bird lady” because of her unhealthy collection of birds, prompting criticism from New York’s governor, the story said. Another case brought by an environmental group held up a levy project before Hurricane Katrina struck.
Legal Blog Watch points out that Jacobs is among the judges who solicited lawyers to become members of the 2nd Circuit’s own pro bono panel.
This is nice. Just what lawyers need. Lets become more elitist and shut more people out of the system. The Federalist Societyfascists probably ate this up.