Last week High Court judge, the Hon Justice Virginia Bell AC, launched the new editions of the Australian Pro Bono Centre’s two flagship publications:
The launch of these two companion publications was held at the offices of Colin Biggers & Paisley Lawyers and attended by representatives of Australia’s leading law firms and the legal assistance sector.
Together the Manual and What Works seek to facilitate the provision of pro bono legal services to address unmet legal needs and further access to justice.
The Manual, first published in 2003, is the leading Australian guide for law firms looking to establish, manage and develop their pro bono programs. Written by experienced pro bono professionals, it provides practical guidance on the key elements required to operate a successful pro bono practice, including a number of pro forma precedents generously contributed by participating firms.
In her foreword to the book Justice Bell says:
The Manual provides comprehensive guidance to the profession in the conduct of important work. It reflects a wealth of hands-on experience accumulated by the pro bono coordinators who have lent their assistance to the Australian Pro Bono Centre in its compilation. All associated with its production deserve to be congratulated.