McNees strongly encourages its lawyers to fulfill their responsibilities under Rule 6.1 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct, which states that a "lawyer should render public interest legal service," or under similar Rules applicable to its attorneys resident outside Pennsylvania. The firm recognizes, as provided in Rule 6.1, that an attorney may discharge this responsibility by providing legal services to persons of limited means, public service organizations, or charitable groups at no fee or at a reduced fee. An attorney's duty may also be satisfied by providing financial support to such programs or by participation in efforts to improve the law or legal system.
McNees also recognizes that, in addition to meeting the directives of the Rule of Professional Conduct, pro bono service offers occasions for individual professional experiences and satisfactions that are unique to this type of legal work.
The firm has long participated in and supported the pro bono programs of the Dauphin County Bar Association, which have been affiliated with MidPenn Legal Services, and has actively been a part of the Public Service Committee of the DCBA. Over time, the Dauphin County Bar Association has expanded and diversified the types of pro bono assignments available under its auspices, and McNees supports these expanded efforts to reach individuals and organizations in need of legal services.
The firm also recognizes that there are other pro bono programs in Dauphin County, and the other regions in which the firm has offices, that are worthy of support, including, but not limited to, the Harrisburg YWCA Domestic Violence Legal Clinic, the Wills for Heroes Program of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and the Pro Bono Program of the Federal Middle District Bar Association.
The firm's attorneys and professionals are active in these, and other, pro bono programs. The firm's legal professionals are encouraged to find pro bono opportunities that fit their interest and skills and to make a difference by sharing their legal skills with those who might otherwise go unrepresented.