I came across an interesting topic about the question of “Should I do stuff as a lawyer for free?”. This is a little beyond basic pro bono work which is almost a requirement for most attorneys. This explores more the areas of doing volunteer work as well as free seminars, etc.
Let’s step back from this seemingly innocuous question and ask ourselves what is the motive behind doing free work? Is it to obtain more clients? Is it to make ourselves feel better? Is it because of guilt? Are we looking to impress someone? Or do we just want to do something with our friends that isn’t straight legal work?
The reasons behind what we do each day is very important and will guide us into success or failure. If we coldheartedly go out to try and persuade colleagues and clients that we are doing works because we are true caring individuals, this doesn’t work. Somewhere along the line, if not done for the right reasons, the truth will emerge, especially when the going gets tough.