Pro Bono Plays the Hero

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Photo: Lifetime © 2014 Lifetime Entertainment Services, LLC, a subsidiary of A+E Networks.

There was more than one hero in this week’s episode of Lifetime’s legal comedy/drama, “Drop Dead Diva.” Kim, one of the show’s main attorneys, is saved from a mugger by a mystery man dressed as a superhero. The man turns out to be Hank, the court bailiff, and when he is fired for his unusual after-hours work, Kim plays the hero and takes his case on pro bono. Her legal team even dons costumes when opposing counsel demands Hank appear in court in his superhero attire. “Pro Bono Man” and “Lady Adjudicator” fight the case in court and in the end justice is served.

Hank reminds us that we don’t have to be superheroes to help someone in need. “There’s nothing super about me,” he insists, “I’m just a regular guy who wants to help people … .”

The PBEye was excited to see pro bono work back on prime time, having made several appearances in the CBS series “The Good Wife” as well. Whether life imitates art or art imitates life more, we hope that these fictional appearances not only reflect that pro bono is playing an increasingly important and visible role in real law firms and legal departments but will also inspire more pro bono work.

Feeling inspired to be a hero to someone in need? Our justice system is always in need of more lawyers to help with everything from representing death row prisoners to helping the homeless, the elderly, and children with basic needs. Pro bono work doesn’t have to be life or death to change a client’s life; the important part is getting involved.

Hat tip to PBI intern Samantha Fry for her assistance with this blog.