Dear Jane: My Pro Bono Case Means Non-Billable Hours

by 352admin 28. February 2013 11:51

Dear JaneDear Jane,

I am assigned to a pro bono matter that looks like it will go to trial.  While I am thrilled to be getting such great experience, I am worried that I’ll be dinged at compensation time because of the large number of non-billable hours that I have accumulated.

Signed,

Not Much I Can Do Now

 

Dear Not Much I Can Do Now,

Actually, there are things you can do now. First, talk to the partner supervising the pro bono matter about your concern. Second, talk to your practice group leader about your concern. Third, talk to at least one member of the committee that will evaluate associates (and the committee that will determine compensation if that is a different committee) about your concern. There is no guarantee that you will get the same “answer” from each of them, but you will have put the right people on notice of your potential issue and done so at a point where you still have a chance to impact your facts.

Jane DiRenzo Pigott is the managing director of R3 Group LLC, specializing in working with professional service organizations on leadership and change in connection with diversity and inclusion. Before founding R3 Group, she practiced law for more than two decades at large law firms where she chaired a practice group, served on the executive management and compensation committees, and founded and ran diversity initiatives and affinity groups.

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