How do pro-bono lawyers get paid?

Just curious. Me and my boss are arguing over this. I say they are lawyers who work regular paying cases in some instances but in others do it pro-bono. He says he state pays the lawyer if they take your case pro-bono but I argue in that instance they would just give their own court appointed attorney. Who is... show more Just curious. Me and my boss are arguing over this. I say they are lawyers who work regular paying cases in some instances but in others do it pro-bono. He says he state pays the lawyer if they take your case pro-bono but I argue in that instance they would just give their own court appointed attorney. Who is closest to right?
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