Freehills (now Herbert Smith Freehills) establishes the Shopfront Youth Legal Centre in Darlinghurst, Sydney in partnership with Mission Australia to provide legal services for homeless and disadvantaged youth.
The Access to Justice Advisory Committee chaired by Justice Ronald Sackville reports to the Attorney-General on ways to improve access to justice, but there is no mention of pro bono legal services.
The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) conducts its Managing Justice inquiry, which notes concern that the ethic and culture of professional service is being eroded or lost. It recommends that professional associations should urge members to undertake pro bono work each year in terms similar to that stated in American Bar Association Model rules of professional conduct.
The Queensland Public Interest Law Clearing House (QPILCH) (now LawRight) is established.
Flood and Cyclone Legal Help is established by key Queensland legal organisations as a pro bono legal response to assist disadvantaged Queenslanders affected by the floods and cyclones Anthony and Yasi.
Salvos Legal is launched. The fees generated by Salvos Legal’s commercial and property law practice were used to fund its sister firm, Salvos Legal Humanitarian, which provided free legal advice to the disadvantaged and marginalised.
The Commonwealth introduces its new ‘legal services multi-use list’ (LSMUL). It required law firms to apply for inclusion on this list, and involved an assessment of their capacity to meet the requirements of the Legal Services Directions, which includes a commitment to pro bono legal work.
Victoria amends the Legal Profession Act 2004 to remove restrictions that prevented holders of corporate practicing certificates from engaging in pro bono legal practice.
The Centre for Asia Pacific Pro Bono is launched, seeking to provide a single entry point for government and private bodies in the Asia-Pacific region to contact providers of pro bono legal services in Australia.
The Commonwealth Attorney-General announces funding of $4 million over four years for a self-represented litigants civil law scheme to operate in the Federal Court and Federal Circuit Court nationwide, based on the successful pro bono self-representation schemes pioneered by the Queensland Public Interest Law Clearing House.
The Second South East Asia/Asia Pro Bono Conference and Workshop is held in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Justice Connect is launched in Melbourne and Sydney following the integration of the Public Interest Law Clearing House (Vic) and Public Interest Law Clearing House (NSW).
Australia’s first regional pro bono referral organisation is opened by QPILCH (now LawRight) in Townsville.
From 1 July 2014, firms listed on the Commonwealth Government’s Legal Services Multi-Use List that have fifty or more lawyers are required to become signatories to the National Pro Bono Aspirational Target.
The 3rd Annual Asia Pro Bono Conference is held in Singapore.
Law Access Ltd in Western Australia opens its doors at the Faculty of Law at the University of Western Australia, moving from being a pro bono referral scheme within the Law Society of Western Australia to a pro bono referral organisation in form of a wholly owned subsidiary of the Law Society.
Marriage Equality is achieved after long-term support from various firms and the Public Interest Advocacy Centre. Two challenges to the same-sex marriage plebiscite are run in the High Court on a pro bono basis.
Tenth anniversary review of the National Pro Bono Aspirational Target takes place leading to changes to the definition of ‘pro bono legal services’ and removal of the word ‘aspirational’ from the title of the Target.
ExpertsDirect and the Australian Pro Bono Centre launch the Experts Direct Pro Bono Service that aims to put pro bono lawyers in touch with professionals who are willing to provide expert witness services for free or at low cost in legal cases assisting those experiencing disadvantage.or marginalisation.
The Commonwealth introduced a ‘Whole of Australian Government Legal Services Panel’ which replaced the ‘Legal Services Multi-Use List’ (LSMUL). It introduced new pro bono conditions which require all legal services providers appointed to the panel to sign up to the Centre’s National Pro Bono Target.
The Centre, in consultation with the In-house Pro Bono Steering Committee, opens the National Pro Bono Target to in-house signatories. In-house lawyers can commit to undertaking at least 20 hours of pro bono legal services per in-house lawyer per year.
The Centre launches the Pro Bono Guide to the Climate Crisis which aims to inform lawyers across the globe about various ways they can get involved in pro bono work to help combat the climate crisis.
The Centre launches Pro Bono Legal Work: A Guide for Individual Lawyers. The Guide is designed to educate and inspire lawyers who are interested in undertaking pro bono volunteer work in a personal capacity, outside of a formal program or through employment.