Below you can find articles of interest to the pro bono community that have been published since our last edition. Click through to read any news article in full.
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- A Fair Go
24 January 2017 – Lawyers Weekly
Prominent human rights lawyers discuss the challenges in practising human rights law, particularly as Legal Aid has become less accessible and the need for pro bono assistance has increased.
- Law school to break free from ‘standard’ legal education
20 January 2017 – Lawyers Weekly
The new Thomas More Law School North Sydney is seeking to offer “something quite different to the standard legal education” model, including having students carry out the equivalent of four weeks pro bono work over the course of their degree.
- Budget constraints force justice systems to innovate
17 January 2017 – Lawyers Weekly
According to the director of the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre, Professor Kathy Laster, the impetus for innovation in the way that services are delivered by community legal centres and the courts is the need to ‘do more with less’.
- New service delivers legal assistance worth $2.2m
28 December 2016 – Lawyers Weekly
Western Australia’s new pro bono referral service, Law Access, is being adopted by pro bono lawyers and has enabled the delivery of more than $2.2 million worth of legal assistance in just 18 months.
- UK: Founding Signatories of the Law Society Pro Bono Charter
20 February 2017 – The Law Society
The Law Society of England and Wales announces the early adopters of the Law Society’s Pro Bono Charter and says these founding signatories exemplify the legal profession’s commitment to access to justice.
- US: Trump Order Victims are Being Tracked by This Law Firm
13 February 2017 – Bloomberg Law
How many people were affected by President Trump’s travel ban when it was first put into place and how many more would be if it were allowed to take effect again? Orrick is setting out to answer those questions as part of the legal community’s massive pro bono response to the ban.
- UK: Interventionist Thinking
10 February 2017 – Solicitors Journal
Pro bono is no substitute for legal aid, but it might be time to accept it’s the only option out there, suggests editor of the Solicitors Journal, John van der Luit-Drummond.
- US: Group Turns To Big Law for Major Immigrant Rights Effort
5 February 2017 – New York Law Journal
A group lawyers and attorneys who have launched a nationwide project to represent immigrants at risk of deportation in the wake of Donald Trump’s policies are seeking resources and volunteers from firms.
- US: Trump’s Election Sparks New Interest in Pro Bono
19 January 2017 – The American Lawyer
Since Donald Trump’s election, donations have flooded into public interest groups. At many large law firms, pro bono coordinators are seeing a spike in offers to volunteer.
- US: A Pro Bono Dream Team Takes On the N.R.A.
17 December 2016 – The New York Times
A coalition that includes corporate litigators from seven US leading law firms plans to devote tens of millions of dollars in free legal services to fighting for gun control.