Back in May I reported (here) that a proposal was going to be brought up at the annual ABA meeting to amend Model Rule 1.8(e) which would allow lawyers to provide financial assistance to pro bono litigation clients.
The meeting ended recently and it is now official that the ABA's House of Delegates adopted what is now probably going to be known as the "humanitarian" exception to MR 1.8(e). The vote, was 378 to 16.
UPDATE: You can read (or download) a copy of the approved language here.
A list of (and links to) all the resolutions approved by the ABA at the annual meeting is available here.
Thanks to Karen Rubin for the links!