Just thinking out loud here..
Reasons a lawyer will settle a case:
It’s in the best interest of both parties. Usually, lawyers attempt to settle the case to avoid trial and to not run up the expenses on the client. Going to trial is an expensive endeavor. Attorney’s will often seek a fair settlement for both sides. It’s always preferred when the outcome is not certain.
Reasons a lawyer won’t settle a case:
Pro Se plaintiff is a dimwit and the case will be easily dismissed by having a first year paralegal write the Motion to Dismiss which usually suffices. It gets the paralegal some good experience and the attorney can work on his/her golf game.
Reasons a lawyer that is Pro Bono is not a “welfare lawyer”
Because the lawyer has principles and believes the interest of Justice is served by helping someone who either can’t afford to pay, or they just want some light work.
Reasons a lawyer that is Pro Bono is a “welfare lawyer”
Because some Pro Se plaintiff wants to file a dumb lawsuit and asks the court for help. In one particular instance, said Pro Se plaintiff travels to Chicago only to learn that the lawyers were like, “Dude, this won’t fly.” and then proceed to separate themselves from said dumb lawsuit. Can’t even KEEP a welfare lawyer.
OK, done thinking out loud.