Lawyers are strongly encouraged to provide pro bono legal services to benefit poor persons.

(a) Every lawyer should aspire to:

     (1) provide at least 50 hours of pro bono legal services each year to poor persons; and

     (2) contribute financially to organizations that provide legal services to poor persons.

(b) Pro bono legal services that meet this goal are:

     (1) professional services rendered in civil matters, and in those criminal matters for which the
     government is not obliged to provide funds for legal representation, to persons who are
     financially unable to compensate counsel;

(2) activities related to improving the administration of justice by simplifying the legal
     process for, or increasing the availability and quality of legal services to, poor persons;

     (3) professional services to charitable, religious, civic, and educational organizations in
     matters designed predominantly to address the needs of poor persons.

(c) Appropriate organizations for financial contributions are:

     (1) organizations primarily engaged in the provision of legal services to the poor; and

     (2) organizations substantially engaged in the provision of legal services to the poor,
     provided that the donated funds are to be used for the provision of such legal services.

(d) This rule is not intended to be enforced through the disciplinary process, and the failure to
fulfill the aspirational goals contained herein should be without legal consequence.


(a) A lawyer who, under the auspices of a program sponsored by a court, government agency,
bar association of not -for-profit legal services organization, provides short- term limited
legal services to a client without expectation by either the lawyer or the client that the lawyer
will provide continuing representation in the matter;

     (1) shall comply with Rules 1.7, 1.8, and 1.9 concerning restrictions on representations where
     there are or may be conflicts of interest as that term is defined in these Rules, only if the
     lawyer has actual knowledge at the time of lawyer has actual knowledge at the time of
     commencement of representation that the representation of the client involves a conflict
     of interest; and

     (2) shall comply with Rule 1.10 only if the lawyer has actual knowledge at the time of
     commencement of representation that another lawyer associated with the lawyer in a law
     firm is affected by Rules 1.7, 1.8, and 1.9.

(b) Except as provided in paragraph (a) (2), Rule 1.7 and Rule 1.9 are inapplicable to a
representation governed by this Rule.

(c) Short-term limited legal services are services providing legal advice or representation free
of charge as part of a program described in paragraph (a) with no expectation that the
assistance will continue beyond what is necessary to complete an initial consultation,
representation or court appearance.

(d) The lawyer providing short-term limited legal services must secure the client's informed
consent to the limited scope of the representation, and such representation, shall be subject
to the provisions of Rule 1.6.

(e) This Rule shall not apply where the court before which the matter is pending determines that
a conflict of interest exists or, if during the course of the representation, the lawyer providing
the services becomes aware of the existence of a conflict of interest precluding continued