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The amount of pro bono work traditionally has been unparalleled, but the firm's new policy of suggesting a "benchmark" of billable hours that does not include pro bono will almost certainly hurt the firm's pro bono efforts.
-- Insider's Comment, February 10, 2000.

Pro bono
Indeed, the billable hours benchmark HAS hurt pro bono. Recent statistics indicate a drop of 25-35% from years prior to institution of the benchmark. And this is not a result of "cyclical" forces. Many associates are of the view that they are much more reluctant to take on pro bono cases (if they take them on at all). The firm's efforts are likely to decline further as the benchmark has been increased in response to salary increases.
-- Anonymous, June 12, 2000.

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