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Bar News - August 11, 2006

Raising the Bar on Pro Bono Service

The Pro Bono Governing Board has proposed language for Rule 6.1 of the New Hampshire Rules of Professional Conduct, stating that “a lawyer should aspire to provide at least 50 hours of pro bono publico services per year…”  The aspirational standard is the same as that in the ABA’s Model Rules of Professional Conduct.


The Pro Bono proposal for Rule 6.1 is separate from the Ethics Committee’s package of changes. In its version of Rule 6.1, the Ethics Committee substitutes the phrase “an appropriate number of hours, consistent with the lawyer’s circumstances…” in place of a numeric goal.


The entire proposal of RPC changes is found at the link for “Rewriting the Rules” at View the changes online, rule-by-rule or download a 200-page PDF which compares the proposal with the current rules and with the ABA’s language.


The official version is at the Court’s Web site at . (Caution: the Court’s version is a 100-page PDF file.)


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