Mary Ryan Weighs In on the Benefits of Pro Bono Work in Progressive Law PracticePrint PDF
Mary K. Ryan, a partner in Nutter’s Litigation Department, discussed how pro bono work helps ensure adequate legal services for the underprivileged in Progressive Law Practice. In the article, “Equal Justice Conf. Takes Aim at Rising Court Costs, Importance of Pro Bono Work,” which highlights the annual Equal Justice Conference (hosted by the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service and the National Legal Aid & Defender Association), Mary, chair of the ABA’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono & Public Service, noted that low income earners often face critical situations involving housing, custody, and abuse that leave some reeling for legal aid they cannot afford. She points out that there’s no right to counsel in cases of this nature and even those who qualify for free services are not guaranteed they will be available. She adds that technology has helped play a role in improving legal services for the poor and that ensuring justice for all is a joint effort and requires a multifaceted approach. “Pro bono is one part of the solution,” she said.