So called “non-profit” firms are getting a lot of press lately (See article from the ABA Journal) But the “non-profit” designation can be misleading. It certainly doesn’t mean that the lawyers who work there are not compensated. Some officers of non-profits–at least outside the legal context–are quite handsomely paid. Lawtender wonders if the “non-profit” designation is necessary. Why not apply the same methods for providing low-bono services in the context of an openly for-profit firm? Wouldn’t the consumer of those services, the general public, benefit from letting the “invisible hand” of a capitalistic free market drive innovation and efficiency? Does Uncle Sam need to subsidize our profession? While Lawtender applauds the effort to bridge the access-to-justice gap, these issues merit additional thought.