ILLINOIS SUPREME COURT REQUIRES LAWYERS TO REPORT PRO-BONO WORK . . . According to a new Illinois Supreme Court rule, lawyers must annually report their pro-bono activities, including hours worked and any money contributed to pro-bono efforts. For a news account, see "Illinois lawyers must report pro bono work," by Chris Dettro.
The new rule doesn't require lawyers to do much. Pro-bono efforts must be reported as part of the annual license-renewal procedure, but there's no required minimum or target. The reported information will remain confidential.
So what's the point? The Illinois Supreme Court hopes that the new reporting requirement will serve as a reminder that pro-bono work is important. In addition, it will allow information to be gathered about lawyers' efforts overall. This information might form the basis for reports about pro-bono work by the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission.
For more information, see Illinois Supreme Court Rule 756(f) (pdf).