Shikanosuke wrote:Yea, I have mixed feelings on the issue. For one, and to be clear, public defenders are an actual salaried position. So what we're speaking of here is individual attorneys taking on pro-bono cases. I certainly think if we had something of such a nature, looking at income levels may be a decent starting point as the point you make is valid. Flipside is some of the best paid attorneys are the best paid because they either work an insane amount of hours or manage individuals who do. So making them take time out of their schedule to complete mandatory hours will not sit well.
Personally I look at it as a moral matter of social obligation to give back.
I certainly wouldn't expect it to sit well with lawyers such as the one's you're describing above. My first thought reading, though, is that the best paid lawyers are bringing in an amount of money which could be used to museum rooms, and it doesn't seem much reason to exempt them from such a social service. That said, however such a thing was structured, it should be such that time management allows for the lawyer to continue representing their clients.
In the completely hypothetical scenario that such a thing became common place (I expect it wouldn't/couldn't) I would be astonished if constructs like a buy-out didn't exist. Which in turn could be used to buy 'pro-bono' work, which in turn would dilute the concept. When ideas are leveled against reality they seem less interesting.