It’s the best of times and the worst of times for the public interest legal community. Budget crunches at top tier law firms have redirected many talented young lawyers to opportunities in the pro-bono and non-profit communities. But some are worried this trend is hurting the prospects of lawyers committed to careers in that arena. We explore how trends in the legal industry are affecting public interest law.


  • Jonathan Smith Executive Director, Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia
  • Paul Igasaki Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Equal Justice Works
  • Susan Hoffman Partner, Crowell & Moring
  • Matthew Pascocello Assistant Director, Office of Career and Professional Development, American University's Washington College of Law

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