Pohlman Reporting Company LLC (Pohlman), a preeminent national court reporting agency with international reach providing a suite of technology-driven litigation, announced the acquisition of Evans Reporting Service, a premier provider of court reporting and related services in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States.

With its headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland, the acquisition of Evans Reporting Service expands Pohlman’s footprint in the Mid-Atlantic region. It also provides Pohlman a well-established and reputable presence in and around Maryland as the company enhances its growing national footprint.  The joining of two leaders in complex, multiparty and asbestos litigation, provides a combined, incomparable force in court reporting for law firms throughout the United States.

Pohlman has headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri as well as 16 offices throughout Missouri, Illinois, Michigan and Maryland. The company has provided court reporting and litigation services worldwide for more than 28 years.

“Expanding with Evans Reporting Service seemed the perfect next step in growing Pohlman and providing the customer service and technology-driven services clients expect from both Pohlman and Evans on a national scale. In combining the dedication to high standards of quality, ethics, and accuracy that both agencies possess, Pohlman remains committed to providing technology-driven services to clients no matter where they have a need. Additionally our combined repository of asbestos transcripts now exceeds 110,000,” says Deborah J. Walters, Pohlman Reporting Company LLC President and CEO.

Barbara Evans, Co-founder of Evans Reporting Service, stated, “Working with Pohlman, we have found their staff, court reporters, and proprietary technology to be ahead of other agencies. Their philosophy of treating each client like their only client is the same as ours. The principles encompassed in the vision and culture at Pohlman is consistent with our core values. We have worked with the team at Pohlman to ensure a seamless transition for our clients, reporters, and staff moving forward.”

The partnership provides a full-service court reporting, records retrieval, and trial services agency with 16 offices and service capabilities coast-to-coast. “For over two decades, our firm and many of our mutual clients have been working with Pohlman and have found their staff, court reporters, and technology to be top notch.  We look forward to working with the Pohlman team and are excited for the opportunity to bring their technology infrastructure to our clients providing more services, cost savings and efficiencies to law firms and legal corporate departments worldwide,” added Evans.

“We are very pleased and proud to partner and invest with Evans Reporting Service. As the court reporting industry has contracted, we believe that agencies built on integrity and ethics will continue to thrive. This partnership brings together two like-minded agencies with rich histories of providing stellar client-first services and positions us well for future growth,” added Walters.

It’s Court Reporting & Captioning Week! At PohlmanUSA, we are very fortunate to partner with over 500 professional court reporters, whom are experts of the industry. While court reporters play a vital role in the litigation process, many people are unaware of what a court reporter truly does.

A court reporter (often referred to as a short hand reporter) is the individual who sits in a courtroom or in a deposition and types every spoken word and detail during the proceedings. He or she then prepares an official transcript that serves as the accurate record of the events that took place during the hearing or trial. In order to be a court reporter, you have to be an excellent listener and communicator. You also need to have proficient knowledge of the English language, as well as superior spelling and grammar skills. A court reporter must be able to operate a stenographic machine and be able to type at an accelerated rate for long durations of time (at least 225 words per minute with 97 percent accuracy).

The profession of a court reporter is a quiet one; however, it is no way, shape or form a slow one. While a reporter must quietly sit in the background, patiently taking note of every word spoken, he or she also gets the opportunity to travel the country sitting in on trials dealing with a variety of legal matters. For example, our court reporters have extensive backgrounds and certifications in a variety of practice areas, including asbestos, pharmaceutical, scientific, medical device, odor nuisance, etc. Our reporters also get the opportunity to work with the most cutting-edge technology, which enables them to provide clear and accurate transcripts at an accelerated rate. In fact, our reporters maintain an average transcript delivery turnaround time of 8 to 10 business days, and this process can even be further expedited upon request.

A misconception of court reporters is that “they simply type notes of what happens during a trial.” They are also responsible for many other tasks, including but not limited to:

  • Read back transcripts during courtroom proceedings and trials.
  • Prepare transcripts to fit the standard format.
  • Review and certify printed transcripts.
  • Provide administrative support in court proceedings as needed.
  • File transcripts with the county clerk in a timely manner.
  • Schedule meetings for the court.

The court reporting profession is a rising one, and for good reason. To learn more about our unparalleled nationwide court reporting services, please visit, or call us anytime at 877-421-0099.

Focus groups and mock trials can be a great benefit in preparing for trial. While similar in some ways, mock trials and focus groups are two very different exercises. The first step in using these preparation tools is to choose the one that proves the most advantageous to your case.

What is a focus group?

A focus group is a group of people recruited to participate in a guided discussion and provide feedback.

When used by the legal industry, participants are typically given short statements or read an opening or closing statement, then asked for feedback without receiving instructions on the law or background on the case. The proceedings are less formal than a mock trial.

When should I use a focus group?

Focus groups are often used early and throughout trial preparation to gather information during discovery and assist in evaluating the merits of the case. Participants are asked questions about what they think or feel about specific topics. Exploring the values and thought processes of a focus group when evaluating evidence in a case may indicate how a jury will react to the evidence during trial.

With a focus group, you may discover the strengths and weaknesses of your, as well as your opponent’s, case.  In a focus group, it is most effective if your questions center around the case facts from the vantage point of both sides.

Information gathered and answers received from focus group participants are helpful in testing the case strategies you plan to use in trial. With thoughtful, prepared questions, you may gather word tracks and verbiage that resonate with people in the group, and thus with potential jury members. This allows you to modify your language during actual trial presentation, using verbiage that is shown to have higher impact.

What is a mock trial?

A mock trial is a “practice” trial set in a simulated courtroom utilizing attorneys or staff members in the role of attorneys and the judge. In a mock trial, participants frequently are given opening and closing statements, hear from one or more “witnesses” or “experts”, and may even get to see evidence as it would be presented in court. Then they are asked to deliberate, as a real jury would, and reach a verdict.  Deliberations can be observed through a two-way mirror. Once the verdict is reached, participants are asked questions about trial presentations, effectiveness of exhibits, believability of witnesses, and what was important during deliberations. In some instances, the participants are split into two groups for closing statements and deliberations to get feedback on what closing is most powerful to potential jury members.

When should I use a mock trial?

A mock trial is a more formal experience that allows your team to practice in a realistic setting. Less practiced trial attorneys may wish to use the mock trial to hone trial skills and receive valuable feedback about their presentation skills.

A mock jury may not predict the outcome of your actual trial, but you will see strengths you want to emphasize and weaknesses you need to address during the actual trial.

Additionally, mock trials can be used to prepare a witness for questions they will be asked in trial. The mock trial recreates the stress and atmosphere of a courtroom trial, giving your witness realistic conditions under which to practice testifying. Often mock trials are videotaped, providing the opportunity to later view, critique, and improve upon your own, as well as your witness’s, presentation to the jury.

Mock trials help you get into the heads of potential jurors, watch them deliberate and learn which points had the biggest impact on their decisions. As the facts and information is fresh to them, mock jurors often have a different view of your case and may come to a different conclusion than you expect. It is better to find this out during a mock trial than in trial.

Can I use a focus group and a mock trial together?

Yes. Using a combination of both focus groups and mock trials for one case provides the biggest potential advantage. A focus group gives you information early in the case that allows you to make decisions about the case strategy before you get overly invested in one way of thinking. Then, as your case gets closer to trial, a mock trial setting will give you an opportunity to make final strategy decisions and improve your trial presentation before stepping in front of the actual jury.

How do I prepare?

Conducting focus groups and/or mock trials is not for the faint of heart. They take a lot of time, preparation, and energy. First determine if you will conduct the process on your own or use an experienced expert in the field. If you are determined to run it on your own, remember that people you recruit as participants are important but so is the time you spend preparing. Consider the activity, whether focus group or mock trial, as the real trial and prepare accordingly.

If you feel utilizing an expert to assist you will provide you the best results with less stress, start by locating a reputable company. Ask for referrals from other colleagues or you can find these services by calling trial services or focus group agencies. Some court reporting agencies that also specialize in trial services offer mock jury and focus group services.

When you call to set up a focus group or mock trial, be prepared to answer the following questions:

  • Would you like to schedule a mock trial or focus group?
  • How many people will you need in the group?
  • Do you want to conduct it in your office or their office?
  • Are there specific ages, genders or ethnic groups you would like represented in the group?

Once you have answered these questions, the trial service firm will begin recruiting participants and will schedule a date for your event.

Preparing for a Focus Group

You should arrive with your list of questions for participants. Planning ahead will allow you to gather more useful information during the time spent with the group. This is your chance to ask participants how they think and feel about specific issues in your case. Once hearing the answers, you may make crucial decisions, such as, whether to request a change of venue or if the settlement offered needs to be reconsidered. The process may also assist you in your jury selection process and in determining what theme(s) to emphasize in trial.

Preparing for a Mock Trial

Preparing for a mock trial can be time intensive, but the careful consideration and planning will be an advantage for you during your trial. You should arrive to the mock trial with an outline of presentations for both plaintiff and defendant. You will present your side of the case. You will need to bring someone from your firm or a colleague who will present your opponent’s case.

Consider using focus groups and mock trials in your next litigation. Once you have tried these tools, you will discover numerous ways to use focus groups and mock trials to gain an advantage during your next trial.

We now have an office in Kansas City! As a preeminent national court reporting agency with international reach providing a suite of technology-driven litigation services we have expanded our already strong footprint in the Midwest with the addition of a Kansas City location. The office and conference room facility is located in the Crown Center area at:

Two Pershing Square

2300 Main Street

Suite 900

Kansas City, Mo 64108

With our headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri, we provide nationwide litigation services including court reporting, videography, record retrieval, and trial services. “Pohlman is committed to providing technology-driven services to litigation clients no matter where they have a need. With a growing client base in the Kansas City area as well as with the consistent need to provide court reporters, videographers, and conference rooms in the KC area, we felt the best way of serving our clients was to open an office there,” says Deborah J. Walters, Pohlman Reporting Company LLC President and CEO. “We are excited to have the opportunity to better serve law firms in Kansas City as well as attorneys traveling to the area for depositions,” she concluded.

Looking back on 2017, we here at PohlmanUSA are grateful for the opportunity to work with so many clients across the nation. As we are now in a new year, we want to thank you for your business. PohlmanUSA has been built, not only on the extensive efforts and impassioned dedication of our entire team, but also on the reputation and referrals that we receive from you. We appreciate that you have trusted us as your court reporting and litigation service provider.

In addition to the numerous types of litigation we have covered this past year, including pharmaceutical, medical device, asbestos, FELA, and others, we have been busy expanding our services and offices during 2017. In order to better service our clients nationwide, we have acquired O’Brien & Bails Reporters, headquartered in Kalamazoo, Michigan. This past summer, we also acquired Amicus Court Reporters, Inc. in Chicago, Illinois, and relocated our Chicago offices into their space at 300 West Adams, Suite 800.

Because we are always listening to our clients, PohlmanUSA has continued to invest in updating our web applications.  We rebranded our Desktop Video Conferencing system to MpVC (Multi-platform Video Conferencing), because we realize, in today’s mobile business environment, clients expect the ability to work from anywhere. As a litigation services partner to firms engaging in depositions from coast to coast, the option for attorneys to “appear” at depositions on smart phones or tablets is appealing and expected. As the leading nationwide provider of technology-driven court reporting and litigation services, we provide MpVC to combine the convenience of telephonic deposition attendance with the benefits of appearing in person.

During 2017, we were busy developing eSignature for the court, MyCourtESign. This system was designed to simplify the judicial review process and improve the overall processing time of orders. Currently this tool is being utilized for the asbestos docket in Madison County, Illinois.

Below is our complete list of services:

Multiparty Litigation Systems

  • MyDocFileServe™ (MDFS) is an efficient and cost effective solution to electronically file or serve documents in complex, fast-paced, and large litigation. It is designed for all parties involved in the asbestos litigation in Madison County, Illinois.
  • MyDocServe™ (MDS) is our electronic service list and online docket management system designed as an electronic document service solution. It is currently used in St. Clair and Massac Counties, Illinois.
  • MyRecordsRetrieval™ (MRR) is our custom records collection, management, and online distribution service. MRR is an encrypted, HIPAA-compliant, and customizable system for managing records in complex cases. MRR maintains asbestos cases for Madison, St. Clair, and Cook Counties, Illinois, as well as St. Louis City and other Missouri venues.
  • MyRecordsRetrieval™ Private Collection is our trusted records system expanded to provide records privately to one party. Records are accessible online, with convenient 24/7 access.
  • MyCase™ is our online case management system that has been customized for information efficiency.
  • Trial Calendar is a comprehensive solution for tracking Madison County asbestos trial dockets in a single, organized, online solution.

Court Reporting Services

  • Nationwide Court Reporting – PohlmanUSA is experienced in organizing and attending thousands of depositions each year while ensuring our clients receive personalized service and flawless products. Our reporters are among the best in the industry with numerous certifications and extensive backgrounds in a variety of litigation.
  • Trial Court Reporting – Partnering with an expansive network of more than 450 professional court reporters consisting of registered professional reporters, certified merit reporters, and certified realtime reporters, PohlmanUSA assigns multiple court reporters with the appropriate level of experience and certification for each hearing or trial.
  • Realtime Court Reporting – A Certified Realtime Reporter (CRR) uses a combination of stenographic skills, technology, and high-speed writing to provide an instantaneous translation of the deposition transcript onto an attorney’s laptop or tablet screen, and adds resources during the deposition by allowing for keyword searching and annotating.

Videography and Technology

  • Videography – Provided nationwide, PohlmanUSA delivers accurate and well-documented videography for your court depositions to engage and better inform the jury.
  • Multi-platform Video Conferencing (MpVC) – Dealing with increased caseloads and addressing sensitivity to litigation budgets, MpVC combines video streaming, video conferencing, and electronic exhibits into one powerful package.
  • Picture in Picture (PiP) – Our experienced video team uses PiP to show video, documents, and other media simultaneously to maximize efficiency in media usage.

Trial Services

  • Litigation Services – Trial support and litigation services include trial playback, video editing, file reformatting, media duplication, and other post-production abilities.
  • Mock courtroom – Our relocated and expanded Chicago office space includes a modular courtroom with private viewing rooms available for mock trials or to use for focus groups.

We are committed to progress as a company and to provide exceptional customer service. PohlmanUSA will continue to be on the cutting edge of court reporting and litigation services, integrating our experience and expertise with powerful new technological tools. We look forward to another successful year working with you. From us here at PohlmanUSA to all of you, we wish you a happy, successful year. And remember… We’re Always Listening. ®


The PohlmanUSA team again gives back to the local community by participating in adopt a family. This year we were able to help four families and a total of 13 children by filling their wish lists and providing gift cards to use throughout the coming year. As in past years we will continue to be involved with local legal and community organizations throughout the year. Our motto is We’re Always Listening and that includes listening to and helping to satisfy needs of our clients, the legal community, and local charitable groups through pro bono efforts and philanthropic work.

Video depositions are an increasingly common and valuable tool used by attorneys during discovery and trial. Every day we use screens to view information on televisions, computers, tablets and smartphones. Because this is the way we gather and consume information, using screens to show video of a witness’s testimony makes the information much easier for your jury to absorb. This is only one of the many reasons video depositions are becoming a common tool for attorneys to use in litigation.

What is a video deposition?

A video deposition is simply a deposition with, in addition to a court reporter, a videographer present to record the testimony. The videographer brings the equipment and expertise necessary to record the deposition. As the scheduling attorney, all you have to do is ensure your Notice of Deposition lists video on it.  When the deposition begins, you will question the witness in the same manner as you would if the deposition were not videotaped.

Why have video depositions become so popular?

With time and experience, the legal profession has discovered there are many reasons to use video in depositions. When video depositions were first available, they were usually taken if a witness was not going to be available or physically able to attend trial. Video depositions also allow attorneys to save on travel costs if the deposition is located out of state. While these advantages are still true today, attorneys have discovered other benefits of using video in a deposition.

During a trial, the jury’s job is to listen to a witness, determine credibility, and absorb facts about the case. Your jury will be able to hear your absent witness emphasize certain points or hear voice inflections that can add meaning to words alone. They will also see the demeanor and manner of the witness which could be key in your success informing and convincing a judge and jury of the facts as you present your case.

One of the most direct advantages of using video depositions is to impeach a witness. Inconsistent statements can be demonstrated by playing back a particular portion of a video deposition. Hearing and seeing a witness testify from a deposition can help a judge and jury determine a witness’s honesty, memory and sincerity.

Some indirect advantages of using videotaped depositions are that your opposing counsel’s objections or witness’s antics can be viewed in context throughout the case. Sometimes having a videographer present can even cause opposing counsel or a witness to behave in a more professional or honest manner.           

How do I find a good videographer?

If you are the party taking a video deposition, most likely you are responsible for arranging to have a videographer present. Most court reporting firms have videographers on staff and will arrange for a videographer to be present. Ideally you should hire a videographer who has experience recording legal video and presenting it in the courtroom. Certification is one way for videographers to demonstrate they have sufficient knowledge and experience in recording legal proceedings. The National Court Reporters Association offers a Certified Legal Video Specialist certification.

What do I need to know to take a good video deposition?

If you have never seen or taken a video deposition, here are a few tips that will help you get started.

Speak to your videographer before the deposition if you have questions about camera placement.  Often the camera will be aimed primarily at the witness, with their head and shoulders appearing on the screen. Your videographer will be able to suggest the room setup that works best for video including placing the witness in front of a bare wall or backdrop to eliminate any distractions in the background of the video.

Be sure the videographer is ready when you go on the record.  If your videographer is having any technical issues, he or she will ask for a break to correct any equipment issues.

Be sure your questions are completely verbalized, just as you would for a non-video deposition. The audience may not be able to see you, therefore, will not be able to determine meaning from your gestures. Remember, video is forever, so be sure to conduct the deposition in a highly professional manner.

Consider using multiple video cameras at the deposition. This provides the option for editing the footage to use in trial showing both the questioning attorney and witness. By having the ability to have this sort of movement when presenting video clips to a jury, you can keep them engaged.  The effect is one like they experience when watching different camera shots on a television show during what could otherwise be tedious and boring footage.

If you will be preparing the witness for the deposition, there are a few instructions you will want to cover with them beforehand. They should dress professionally, ideally with clothing that does not have a bold pattern. Ask your witness to refrain from fidgeting or giving facial expressions such as eye-rolling or grimacing. Ask the witness to look at the questioning attorney, rather than the camera, when answering questions.

How do I play the video in the courtroom?

Should your case go to trial, you can hire the same videographer or someone from their team to present the video in the courtroom. They will edit or clip the video per your request pretrial and bring the equipment necessary to court to show the video clips in court. If you have questions about how video will be played, call your videographer and ask. They will be happy to give you information on your options for playing back video testimony.

High quality and concise playback is very important in the courtroom. Attorneys should provide the videographer editing their video with as much time as possible to prepare and quality control the clips.  The easiest way to handle this is to provide both your proposed clips and opposing counsel’s proposed clips to the editor pretrial. The videographer will prepare the edits.  As objections are ruled upon, it is easy for them to then take the already edited video and remove small sections as needed. This process will help in cutting down the number of times the video is edited and the time it takes to complete those edits. Contact your videographer or court reporting agency if you have questions about the editing process.

Besides video depositions and courtroom playback, there are an array of other trial presentation services that can be provided by court reporting agencies. If you are interested in learning more about services that may be available to you, read the article, “Gaining Courtroom Advantage with Trial Presentation Services.”

If you have yet to take a video deposition, now is the time to get started. A good way to start is one case at a time. Most attorneys quickly see the benefits of working with a videographer and appreciate the ease with which they can present video testimony at a later date. They also recognize the advantages and success video gives their cases and their clients during litigation.

PohlmanUSA provides professional video experts combined with industry-leading equipment to deliver high quality, cost-effective video services at depositions and trials nationwide. To learn more about video services available visit

Presenting your case in a trial is all about telling a story. Your ability to communicate and tell your story can influence the outcome you receive for your client. Trial presentation technology can help you tell a better story and ensure that you make a lasting impression upon your audience. Whether you are a big firm, small firm, even solo practitioner, this valuable technology is well within your reach.

Simplify and Organize Your Presentation

Trial presentation technology is software that can be used to simplify and organize your trial presentation process and provide information in a way that is easily digestible by jurors and judges. There are several ways trial technology should be incorporated into your next case.

  • This technology can be used with PowerPoint presentations in opening statements.
  • It can be used to pull up any page of any exhibit at any time.
  • You can use video for witness impeachment.
  • Timelines can be created that allow you to pull up relevant documents, show the important text, then go back to the timeline and continue presenting your case.

Incorporate Presentation Technologies Into Your Courtroom Strategy
When you began your legal career, you likely learned to present your case without the assistance of technology. You are familiar with using large amounts of paper exhibits and graphics printed on large boards. You have hauled all of this into the courtroom with every trial. Trial presentation technology can diminish your need for those notebooks and boxes, and can enhance your existing courtroom strategies. With a little practice, you can learn to use the new technologies in your presentation in a way that suits you and your existing process. There is no need to relearn your strategies, only a need to become more familiar with the technology available to you and how it can make your case better.

Hold Their Attention

It is no secret that attention spans have gotten shorter since the advent of the internet, smartphones and tablets. Statistics gathered by Statistic Brain show the average attention span today is 8.25 seconds. This means you only have a few seconds to make a point before you start to lose your juror’s attention.

Viewing documents on monitors will feel comfortable for your jury and help them engage as you present your case. They can see the document as you refer to it during your questioning of witnesses. Jurors are familiar with this combination of audio and visual information and expect information in the courtroom to come to them in the same way.

Make Your Case More Memorable

Studies also suggest that we have difficulty retaining auditory messages compared to visual messages.

This means, you need to both show and tell your jurors the points you want them to remember. If you present your information to the judge or jury using visual monitor displays, they are far more likely to retain the information at the time of deliberation. You can also emphasize specific parts of an exhibit with highlighting or enlarging text that you want your jury to remember.  With your trial technician, you can have this prepared ahead of trial, as well as add more highlighting and enlargement while the trial is in session. Your jurors will have a much better chance of remembering key facts in your case during deliberation.

Seamlessly Work With Documents

Once your exhibits and graphics are organized digitally, a trial technician can bring up the documents you need when you need them. With paper, if you suddenly need to use documents out of order, you have to comb through your documents to find the right exhibit. Trial technology can help you streamline this process and present your case more efficiently. Your trial technician can find exactly what you need when you need it, and bring it up immediately on the screen for the judge or jury. They can do this quickly because they are very familiar with the software and how to use it to present information.

Tell a Better Story

Trial technology can help you make a good case better. If your case involves complex issues, you will need to be able to concisely explain those points in a way that your judge or jury will understand. Your jurors are not experts, but they may need to hear and digest technical issues. To help in that process, trial technology allows you to create charts and graphs that will simplify concepts. You can also create timelines that allow you to show your case chronologically and present specific documents along the timeline.

Seeing is Believing

When it comes to testimony, seeing is believing.  Using video depositions allow you to play back portions of a witness’s testimony. Video allows your jury can see the demeanor of your witness as they testify. This conveys information that will not be found in a written-only transcript.  You may be able use video clips to emphasize testimony or even to impeach a witness.

If you are ready to get started with Trial Presentation Technology, there are some things you need to know.

You Don’t Have to Do It Yourself

You can now work with court reporting firms who offer trial services using trial technology software. They can work with you and your staff during trial preparation to obtain the documents you need to present, as well as help you take video depositions and create courtroom graphics. During the trial, your technician will be working beside you. All you need to do is present your case just as you would with paper documents. Your trial technician will call up the documents and video clips when you need them to effectively present your case.

You Don’t Need To Learn New Software Programs

Your trial services provider will be using powerful presentation software. Your technician will know the software well and will be efficient and adept at using it to help you present your case. You and your staff do not need to learn the software. Working with the trial technician, you will be able to benefit from this powerful software without going through extensive training.

You Don’t Have To Set Up or Troubleshoot Equipment

Trial technicians can also work with the court to ensure the right equipment is available and in working order. If the right equipment is not available in your jurisdiction, the technology firm can often provide what you need. In the courtroom, if something goes wrong with equipment, your trial technician is very familiar with the equipment and will be able to troubleshoot any issues that might arise.

Give Trial Presentation Technology a Try

A good way to get started with trial technology is to try it out on a small case. Most attorneys, once they have tried the services and worked with a trial technician, see the benefits. They see how easy it can be to present a seamless presentation. By trying trial presentation technology on a small case first, you will be familiar with the services when a large case comes along, and can use it to gain the advantage for you and your client.

To learn more about what the PohlmanUSA trial services team can assist with visit 

Pro bono (publico) means for the public good and refers to professional work done voluntarily and without receipt of payment. The American Bar Association Model Rule 6.1 states that “a lawyer should aspire to render at least (50) hours of pro bono publico legal services per year.” US lawyers spend an average of 2 times as many hours on pro bono work as lawyers in other countries according to a survey done by The American Lawyer. (1)  Additionally, in 2016 law students performed over 2.2 million hours of pro bono work. (2)

Many people know from watching movies that a criminal defendant’s right to an attorney is found in the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. But why should it stop there?   Access to a lawyer is a basic human right in the United States and should not be determined by the economic status of the individual, although unfortunately, it usually is.

“There can be no equal justice where the kind of trial a man gets depends on the amount of money he has.” – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black (1964)

“Certainly, life as a lawyer is a bit more complex today than it was a century ago. The ever-increasing pressures of the legal marketplace, the need to bill hours, to market to clients, and to attend to the bottom line, have made fulfilling the responsibilities of community service quite difficult. But public service marks the difference between a business and a profession. While a business can afford to focus solely on profits, a profession cannot. It must devote itself first to the community it is responsible to serve. I can imagine no greater duty than fulfilling this obligation. And I can imagine no greater pleasure.” – Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, 78 Or. L. Rev. 385, 391 (1999)

“Lawyers have a license to practice law, a monopoly on certain services. But for that privilege and status, lawyers have an obligation to provide legal services to those without the wherewithal to pay, to respond to needs outside themselves, to help repair tears in their communities.” – U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (March 2014)

Our clients are increasing their efforts to assist individuals without representation, and PohlmanUSA believes that pro bono work is our duty as a part of the legal community.

As we see an increased need for pro bono service and the importance of the ability to provide this service, we are pleased to work with so many clients who dedicate their time to this representation. To learn about how we can assist with cost control on your pro-bono work please contact our sales and marketing team at 877-421-0099.


(1)  (Gluckman, Nell. “Exclusive Survey: Pro Bono Rankings.” The American Lawyer. June 27, 2016.)

(2) (Sloan, Karen. “Law Students Performed 2.2 Million Pro Bono Hours Last Year.” The National Law Journal. January 5, 2017).