Every lawyer has a professional responsibility to provide legal services to those unable to pay. A lawyer should aspire to render at least 50 hours of pro bono publico legal services per year. In fulfilling this responsibility, the lawyer should:
(a) provide a substantial majority of the (50) hours of legal services without fee or expectation of fee to:
(1) persons of limited means or
(2) charitable, religious, civic, community, governmental and educational organizations in matters that are designed primarily to address the needs of persons of limited means; and
(b) provide any additional services through:
(1) delivery of legal services at no fee or substantially reduced fee to individuals, groups or organizations seeking to secure or protect civil rights, civil liberties or public rights, or charitable, religious, civic, community, governmental and educational organizations in matters in furtherance of their organizational purposes, where the payment of standard legal fees would significantly deplete the organization’s economic resources or would be otherwise inappropriate;
(2) delivery of legal services at a substantially reduced fee to persons of limited means; or
(3) participation in activities for improving the law, the legal system or the legal profession.
In addition, a lawyer should voluntarily contribute financial support to organizations that provide legal services to persons of limited means.
JUX Law Firm believes that it is a part of a lawyer’s professional responsibilities to provide free legal services for the benefit of the community i.e., pro bono public legal services. The firm wishes to create an environment in which its lawyers will be encouraged to meet their responsibility by handling pro bono matters. JUX has a strong tradition of public service.
Policy on Requests for Pro Bono Services to Nonprofit Organizations
JUX Law Firm receives many requests for pro bono assistance from nonprofit organizations. These requests come from nonprofits directly to the firm or individual attorneys. The requests encompass a full range of requests: from incorporation and corporate compliance to employment, contracts and intellectual property.
In an effort to ensure that our limited pro bono resources are applied in a fair manner, and that we are respectful of the work performed by our nonprofit attorney on behalf of billable clients, we have developed the following pro bono guidelines for nonprofit organizations.
General Pro Bono Qualifications
JUX Law Firm will endeavor to provide pro bono assistance to a nonprofit where:
- The organization is, or will be set up to be, tax exempt under IRS Section 501(c)(3) as a public charity.
- The organization meets the requirements of Rule 6.1(a)(2)
- The organization has revenues of less than $75,000; or
- If more than $75,000, the mission of the nonprofit organization directly serves a disadvantaged population where:
- the majority of the organizations’ energies are devoted to assisting people of low-income; and
- the payment of legal fees would significantly deplete the organization’s economic resources or would otherwise be inappropriate.
Any requests for pro bono assistance to nonprofit organizations will be analyzed by:
- Running a conflict check on the name of the organization and the names of the members of the board of directors;
- Running a query on financials and mission utilizing Guidestar.org.
If an organization meets the criteria outlined above, we will consider providing pro bono assistance or we will refer the request to LegalCORPS.
 The exempt purposes set forth in section 501(c)(3) are charitable, religious, educational, scientific, literary, testing for public safety, fostering national or international amateur sports competition, and preventing cruelty to children or animals. The term charitable is used in its generally accepted legal sense and includes relief of the poor, the distressed, or the underprivileged; advancement of religion; advancement of education or science; erecting or maintaining public buildings, monuments, or works; lessening the burdens of government; lessening neighborhood tensions; eliminating prejudice and discrimination; defending human and civil rights secured by law; and combating community deterioration and juvenile delinquency.