WHEREAS, recent economic realities have resulted in fewer employment opportunities available in the legal community;

WHEREAS, graduates nationwide were unable to find employment opportunities in the legal profession by the time of graduation;

WHEREAS, new lawyers often have significant financial obligations which become all the more burdensome when they are unable to secure employment upon graduation from law school;

WHEREAS, the Philadelphia Bar Association and its Membership/Bar Placement Committee have long been dedicated to providing outreach and assistance to lawyers who are unemployed;

WHEREAS, free membership in the Philadelphia Bar Association would allow new lawyers who are unemployed and who therefore may not be able to afford membership dues, to become active in the Philadelphia Bar Association;

WHEREAS, new lawyers who are unable to find emplovment in the legal community may benefit from Association membership through, including but not limited to, the Career Counseling and Placement Service, the availability of skills training courses at a discounted rate and the opportunities presented for networking through participation on committees and in sections;

WHEREAS, new lawyers who are unemployed can make valuable contributions to the Association and may be more likely to remain members of the Bar Association if they become involved as new lawyers;

WHEREAS, new lawyers may utilize their skills and knowledge to assist various pro bono organizations in the Philadelphia area while seeking employment;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Governors of the Philadelphia Bar Association hereby approves the provision of one year of free membership in the Philadelphia Bar Association to unemployed new lawyers under the following terms and conditions:

1. New lawyers are defined as members of the Bar who have graduated from law school in the year immediately preceding commencement of the Bar Association's fiscal year.

2. New lawyers to whom free membership is extended are urged to handle a case on a pro bono basis for one of the pro bono organizations in Philadelphia or to volunteer for a minimum of 15 hours with one such organization.

3. This program shall be reviewed by the Board of Governors in one year, at which time the Board shall determine whether it shall be extended for additional years.

ADOPTED: February 23, 1995