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Governor Brown Vetoes Bill on Pro Bono Requirement for Bar Applicants

Posted Sep 1, 2016

California Governor Jerry Brown has vetoed SB 1257, a bill that would have mandated 50 hours or supervised pro bono service by all law students prior to admission to the California State Bar.  In his veto message, Governor Brown wrote, “I certainly support law students and lawyers providing pro bono legal services.  Some law schools already promote volunteerism and pro bono service in various ways and many employers also require a certain amount of pro bono hours for associates and clerks.  While I commend the author for his desire to further these efforts, I don’t believe a state mandate at this time can be justified.”  Read the entire veto message .  Read articles in the Sacramento Bee and SFgate.