Originally Posted by Martha
If you want to be involved in messy controversies, work for legal aid.* I worked for them while in law school.* My original "plan" was to be a legal aid lawyer.* I changed my mind.* You really need to be devoted.* The hours are long, the money stinks, and the clients can be difficult.
My experience with non-profit groups is that they try to get volunteer help from lawyers to the extent possible.* I have spent a fair amount of time doing just that.
I don't want to hijack Setab's thread, but my experience with Legal Aid and non-profits using volunteer lawyers is very little gratitude on the part of the "clients". They forget the old adage "you get what you pay for," and expect top-notch service and heavy time commitment at the expense of paying clients.
I wouldn't advise Setab to work for Legal Aid or a non-profit after retiring. Rather, he should consider hanging out his own shingle on a part-time basis in his area of expertise. He could bill 10 hours a week at $200 (spending another 10 hours a week marketing) and still make $50k+ a year after expenses. If he wants to do a little pro bono to assuage his conscience, he should do it on his own terms rather than those of Legal Aid.