Law Firms’ Duty to Supervise Pro Bono Attorneys

NY State Supreme Court Justice Ellen Gesmer voided a stipulation in a divorce case where the client was represented pro bono by a former Skadden Arps associate working for a non-profit legal group that represents women in family law and immigration cases. The NYLJ story says that

[i]n granting a woman’s bid to void a settlement stipulation because her pro bono divorce attorney made serious errors and was inadequately supervised, a state judge has cautioned law firms and volunteer groups that in taking on pro bono cases, they should ensure that counsel “receive appropriate support and supervision, so that they can provide pro bono clients with the same careful legal representation that they provide to paying clients.”

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