Issue 131: November 2018
Pro Bono in the News – November 2018
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.
You can also follow the latest news in pro bono from Australia and around the world by following the Centre on Twitter: @AusPBC.
Woman wins bid to access IVF without estranged husband’s consent
News.com.au – 25 September 2018
A VICTORIAN woman has been told by the Federal Court she will be allowed to go through IVF, despite a law that required her to obtain her estranged husband’s permission beforehand.
Women in Law Finalists Revealed
Lawyers Weekly – 8 October 2018
Now in its seventh year, the Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards recognises and rewards the women who have challenged, influenced or enhanced the practise of law in Australia.
Melbourne abortion clinic and legal centre argue case for safe access zone laws in High Court challenge
Human Rights Law Centre – 8 October 2-18
The Melbourne Fertility Control Clinic and the Human Rights Law Centre have both intervened in the case to defend laws that ensure women and staff can access reproductive health services free from abuse.
Young gun praised for stellar pro bono work
Australasian Lawyer – 23 October 2018
A 32-year-old senior associate has been lauded for her stellar pro bono work, earning her the 2018 Australian Young Lawyer Award.
The Good Fight: Meet Connecticut’s Pro Bono Champs
Yahoo Finance – 22 October 2018
For some attorneys, doing upward of 300 hours of pro bono work every year, in addition to representing big corporations as a commercial litigator, might seem like a tough balancing act.
An Interview with Betty Balli Torres, Pro Bono Net Board of Directors
Connecting Justice Communities – 26 October 2018
Betty Balli Torres, a board member of Pro Bono Net, and Executive Director of Texas Access to Justice Foundation, visited a detention facility in Conroe, Texas, on an information gathering visit with other industry professionals. She was kind enough to share her experience with us.
Pro Bono Week: Microsoft’s Commitment to Giving Back
Linkedin – 27 October 2018
This past week marked the tenth anniversary of National Pro Bono Week and the final stretch of Microsoft’s annual Give Campaign. Our company’s commitment to volunteerism, giving back to others, and making a difference in the communities in which we work and live are some of the many reasons why I am proud to work here. I see that focus come to life in Corporate External Legal Affairs (CELA), thanks to our commitment to pro bono work.
Open University free law clinic shortlisted for pro bono legal awards
OU News – 31 October 2018
The Open Justice Centre’s Law Clinic, which offers free online legal advice led by OU students supervised by qualified solicitors, has been shortlisted in the LawWorks Annual Pro Bono Awards. Named as a finalist in the ‘Best new pro bono activity’ category, the winners will be announced at the Law Society in London on Monday 3 December.
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