On 17 June 2015 the National Pro Bono Resource Centre officially changed its name to the Australian Pro Bono Centre. The Centre’s new name and visual identity were launched by the Centre’s Chair, Phillip Cornwell, at the Welcome Drinks to the 2015 National Access to Justice and Pro Bono Conference.
Our new name
The Centre has a proud thirteen year history of working to build the capacity of the Australian legal profession to provide pro bono legal services that are focused on increasing access to justice for socially disadvantaged and/or marginalised persons, and furthering the public interest. The Centre achieves this objective by sharing its expertise on pro bono in many ways – through forums such as this conference; its well-respected reports, practical guides and other publications, such as the Survey and the Australian Pro Bono Manual; innovative projects such as the National Pro Bono Aspirational Target and the National Pro Bono Professional Indemnity Insurance Scheme; and working directly with firms and the community sector.
The role of the Centre in an international context continues to grow, particularly as law firms themselves are increasingly operating in an international context. The Centre’s resources and publications are now being used in other jurisdictions and the Centre’s input is consistently sought in international forums. As a result of this expanding international role it was decided that the Centre should change its name to the Australian Pro Bono Centre to make its identity more ‘outward looking’ and accessible from an international perspective. The shorter, catchier name will also assist in clarifying the Centre’s identity.
Importantly, the Centre’s key objectives will remain the same. The change of name is simply about making the Centre’s valuable work more accessible.