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For the moment, at least, the great pro bono surge has ended. As we report in this issue, total hours increased last year in The Am Law 200 by roughly 2 percent, to a new record of 5.7 million. In a tough economic year, that's not bad news, it's just a long way from the double-digit annual increases we've grown accustomed to reporting since 2005. Overall, average pro bono time per lawyer increased by 16 minutes, 26 seconds, to 61 hours and 24 minutes. But, as has long been the case, it's still a minority of lawyers who make the rest look so good. The percentage of lawyers last year who donated more than 20 hours actually dipped slightly, to 47.5 percent. Fortunately, even after that 1 percent year-over-year drop, the participation rate of lawyers is still 27 percent better than it was in 2005.
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