In the Commonwealth Legal Service Expenditure Report 2015-16, 107 law firms reported undertaking 555,224 hours of pro bono work, up from 410,652 in 2014-15.
Prof Sheldon Krantz, founder of DLA Piper’s New Perimeter, has devoted much of his career to developing models of pro bono that improve access to justice.
The Queensland Public Interest Law Clearing House (QPILCH)’s new name ‘LawRight’ was launched on 15 February 2017 at the Banco Court in Brisbane.
The Centre’s recent research indicates that for the first time the number of volunteer practising certificates issued across Australia last year exceeded 500. These facilitate retired and career-break lawyers to undertake pro bono work.
The results of the Centre’s evaluation of the Australian Pro Bono News demonstrate strong support for the current content and format, and present opportunities for further growth.
We are pleased to welcome Lesley Ng to the Centre as our new UNSW social justice intern.
Each month in ‘By the Book’, we highlight content from the new editions of the Centre’s flagship publications. In this instalment we highlight Part 4 – Frequently Asked Questions from the Australian Pro Bono Manual.
Links to stories of interest to the pro bono legal community that you may have missed. You can also stay up to date on the latest pro bono news by following the Centre’s Twitter feed @AusPBC.