This podcast is a recording of an address given by Professor Scott Cummings at a joint event held by the Australian Pro Bono Centre and Ashurst on Tuesday 13 August 2019 at Ashurst, Sydney.
Scott Cummings is Professor of Legal Ethics and Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law, where he teaches and writes about the legal profession, public interest law, and law and social movements.
In his address, Professor Scott Cummings discusses his new book Global Pro Bono: Causes, Consequences and Contestation.
The book explores the growing role of pro bono in legal professions around the world, focusing on:
Causes: which factors give rise to pro bono’s emergence and development; Context:the institutionalisation of pro bono through organisational structures and normative commitments; Consequences: distilling lessons learned about the impacts of pro bono.
You will also be able to hear responses from members of the Australian pro bono sector, providing key insights into the causes, context and consequences of pro bono in Australia and responding to the state of pro bono in international jurisdictions.
Scott L. Cummings
Robert Henigson Professor of Legal Ethics Professor of Law
B.A. University of California, Berkeley, 1992
J.D. Harvard, 1996
UCLA Faculty Since 2002
Scott Cummings is Robert Henigson Professor of Legal Ethics and Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law, where he teaches and writes about the legal profession, public interest law, law and social movements, and community economic development. He is the faculty director of Legal Ethics and the Profession (LEAP), a program promoting research and programming on the challenges facing the contemporary legal profession. He is also a long-time member of the UCLA David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy, a specialization training students to become public interest lawyers.
Before joining the UCLA faculty in 2002, Professor Cummings clerked for Judge A. Wallace Tashima on the Ninth Circuit, and James Moran on the district court in Chicago. He began his legal career in Los Angeles building economic opportunity in low-income communities. In 1998, after clerking in Chicago, he was awarded a Skadden Fellowship to work in the Community Development Project at Public Counsel in Los Angeles, where he provided transactional legal assistance to nonprofit organizations and small businesses engaged in community revitalization efforts.