With American law firms shedding lawyers by the hour, things sound all doom and gloom down there. But CNN has picked up on a positive side effect of the firm layoffs: it’s an unprecedented opportunity for many lawyers to take up public-interest work.
“There is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity coming out of a difficult situation,” said Esther Lardent, president of the Pro Bono Institute in Washington D.C., who began discussions this month with at least 15 corporate firms nationwide about placing unemployed attorneys in public interest firms.
Who knows, maybe this recession will even boost the legal profession’s reputation.
(Credit to David Carson for initially tweeting this story)