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Supreme Court Hopefuls Don't Track Their Own Pro Bono Work

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Idaho Statesman

The two Idaho Supreme Court candidates hoping to replace Chief Justice Jim Jones both say they support promoting pro bono work across the state.

Pro bono refers to work done by attorneys on a volunteer basis for free or reduced rates.

However, neither Twin Falls attorney Robyn Brody nor state GOP Sen. Curt McKenzie say they track how many hours of pro bono work they provide. Both candidates say they believe they clock more than the suggested 50 hours of free or reduced-fee legal services each year.

Idaho doesn't require attorneys to track the number of pro bono hours delivered annually, but they are heavily encouraged to do so.

Jones helped form the state's pro bono commission in 2008. He says judicial support of pro bono work is vital to ensure the state is meeting the needs of Idaho's low-income clients.

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