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4 HLRe: Off Rec. 1 (2013-2014)

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FOR GOOD: ENRICHING YOUR PRACTICE AND
YOUR LIFE THROUGH PRO BONO AND
COMMUNITY SERVICE
Jennifer Walker Elrod-
For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be
required.
Luke 12:48 (King James)
As attorneys, we enjoy extraordinary privileges. We benefit
from advanced degrees, brilliant colleagues, challenging work
environments, and a vast array of resources available through
the bench and bar. In exchange for these great privileges, we
owe our communities a great obligation: to use our talents and
resources for the greater public good. This Article endeavors to
provide five ways in which you can utilize your professional skills
to contribute to the community in a lasting and meaningful way.
I. PROVIDE DIRECT LEGAL SERVICES EARLY AND OFTEN
Attorneys enjoy what many call a monopoly on the
provision of legal services.' In Texas, for example, a person may
not practice law . . . unless the person is a member of the state
*  Jennifer Walker Elrod serves as a Circuit Judge of the United States Court of
Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, with chambers in Houston, Texas.
1. See, e.g., Quintin Johnstone, Bar Associations: Policies and Performance, 15
YALE L. & POL'Y REV. 193, 218 (1996) (Lawyers have a substantial, but limited, legal
monopoly over the right to practice law, and the major comprehensive bar associations
have been active in attempting to protect and expand that monopoly. In almost every
state, the monopoly is backed by statutes or by court rules prohibiting the unauthorized
practice of law. In many states, unauthorized practice is a crime.); see also Stephanos
Bibas, Shrinking Gideon and Expanding Alternatives to Lawyers, 70 WASH. & LEE L. REV.
1287, 1304 (2013); Deborah L. Rhode, Policing the Professional Monopoly: A
Constitutional and Empirical Analysis of Unauthorized Practice Prohibitions, 34 STAN. L.
REV. 1, 6-7 (1981).

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