Welcome to the November 2017 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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October has been a busy month with the Asia Pro Bono Conference, the PILnet Global Forum and the NSW Justice Awards taking place in the space of a few weeks – and all this straight off the back of the release of Target reporting results for FY1617! I was pleased to attend and present at both international conferences, and you can read about them in this issue.
The key message I returned with was the importance of lawyers continuing to think broadly and laterally about how they, in collaboration with others, can tackle injustice and strengthen civil society in the face of increased pressure on respect for the rule of law.
I’m grateful to Professor Michael Legg, of UNSW Law, one of the Centre’s directors, for stepping in to present the NSW Pro Bono Partnership Award this year. You can read about the winning partnership in this issue – the Housing Repairs Project, a great example of an innovative collaboration, tackling structural injustice experienced by Aboriginal people in the Moree/Walgett region. Congratulations to the Dharriwaa Elders Group, the Aboriginal Legal Service Moree, Legal Aid NSW’s Cooperative Legal Service Delivery Program and Gilbert+Tobin for this work.
We are continuing to meet with in-house corporate legal teams to promote the new in-house corporate guide and we are delighted to present a Q & A with General Counsel of Carnival Australia, Lauren Miller.
Also, as you are probably aware, this year we celebrate the tenth anniversary of the National Pro Bono Aspirational Target. This is a significant milestone in the growth and consolidation of a pro bono culture in Australia and I encourage all to consider responding to our Public Discussion Paper so that we can keep the Target strong and relevant in its next decade.