Welcome to the April 2018 issue of AUSTRALIAN PRO BONO NEWS, the Centre’s monthly newsletter providing stories and articles of interest to the Australian pro bono community.
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In this edition, we suggest ways that pro bono lawyers can help tackle the disgraceful incarceration rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in this country in the wake of the release of the Australian Law Reform Commission’s Report Pathways to Justice—An Inquiry into the Incarceration Rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. Pro bono assistance should be directed towards remedying significant injustice and this could not be a clearer case of injustice.
We suggest that there are many opportunities to help arising from the report despite most of our readers not being criminal lawyers.
We also remind you that National Pro Bono Day is fast approaching being the Tuesday of National Law Week, 15 May 2018, and encourage you to join a walk for justice in QLD, WA or SA. We are working to resurrect walks for justice in NSW and Victoria for next year.
The interview with Davyd Wong indicates that the Asia Pro Bono Conference to be held in Hong Kong in October this year is going to be a strong conference and worth attending. Also please see the Good360 story – CLCs are looking for more law firms to help.
We would like to thank all the lawyers who attended the Target discussion forums held last month in Melbourne (thanks Gadens) and Sydney (thanks Ashurst) with signatories of the National Pro Bono Aspirational Target in the context of its Review. The forums were well attended, with 20 attendees in Sydney representing 13 law firm Target signatories and 6 attendees in Melbourne representing 6 law firm Target signatories. More on this shortly.
Thanks also to the people who attended the emerging and developing pro bono practices forum held recently in Sydney. It proved to be a good opportunity for new pro bono coordinators and team members to meet each other, talk frankly about their challenges, and share their approaches to meeting those challenges. The next of these will be held in Melbourne on Wednesday 9 May 2018.