I respectfully dissent disagrees with Carolyn Elefant's assertion that BigLaw associates should be impressed to fill the lack of people defending the indigent.
Personally, I don't think the associates should be drafted. The courts should start at the top. Start requiring the senior partners at BigLaw firms to give up a week at a time under threat of a mandatory ten day contempt charge if the senior partner doesn't appear (even if he sends an associate). Announce that this policy will be set in place in exactly thirty days from this date.
I bet the system would get fixed - pronto.