Legal Sanity links to a great article in New York Magazine on the subject of burnout. While the New York article does not focus much on the legal industry, blogger Arnie Herz notes a reference at the end of the article to the American Lawyer survey of mid-level associates. The article points out that the number one and number three firms in this year’s survey both had a perfect score on their support for pro bono work.
So what is the reason for this? Does pro bono work provide lawyers with a greater sense of purpose? Do these firms support pro bono by counting pro bono hours when calculating an associate’s billable hours?