When Ballard Spahr deferred the start dates of new associates in 2009, the firm awarded them stipends to allow them to engage in pro bono work. Attorney Mary Gay Scanlon, the firm’s pro bono counsel, said the benefit of the program was an opportunity for incoming associates to develop advocacy skills.

Deferred associates are “in-house experts and in-house advocates for a variety of different pro bono opportunities,” Ms. Scanlon said.

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