The UQ Pro Bono Centre Report on their Pro Bono Values Project, titled What does pro bono publico mean to lawyers?, found that a sense of moral obligation and professional responsibility were nominated by the most lawyers (28 per cent each) as reasons why they do pro bono work, followed closely the need to improve access to justice (21 per cent).
Other key findings were:
Fifty-five lawyers working in small, medium and large law firms, community legal centres, in-house counsel, Legal Aid and the private bar were interviewed by telephone for the Project, which aimed to gain a greater insight into lawyers’ personal motivations and values that contributed to their engagement with pro bono work, and their perceptions of pro bono trends and debates.
A full copy of the Study can be found here. The Report also addresses other areas including views about international pro bono work, gender sentiments about lawyering and the effect of differing institutional settings on engagement in pro bono work.
Monica Taylor, Director of the UQ Pro Bono Centre, and Clare Cappa, Senior Lecturer in the TC Beirne School of Law at UQ, also recently wrote in the most recent issue – 41(2) – of the Alternative Law Journal about the Project.