The Centre’s CEO, Gabriela Christian-Hare, recently interviewed Peter Seidel of Arnold Bloch Liebler. We have created an inspiring podcast called “Not Just ‘Feel Good’ Law”. Listen in to learn about integrating pro bono as part of a business offering and be reminded why we do pro bono work.
Following the release of the Report on the Nature & Prevalence of Pro Bono Partner Roles Globally. Nicolas Patrick, Head of Responsible Business at DLA Piper met with Brooke Massender (HSF), Yasmin Waljee (Hogan Lovells), Claire Donse (DLA Piper) and Kerry Stares (Charles Russel) to discuss the role of a pro bono partner, the increase in pro bono partner promotions over the last year, how pro bono practices have evolved over the past decade and to give a sense of what PB work entails. This podcast also addresses the gender dimension of slow career progression in an area dominated by women, and how the ESG agenda has impacted career progression in this area
Centre CEO Gabriela Christian-Hare and Head of Policy & Strategy Jessica Hatherall joined Jerome Doraisamy from Lawyers Weekly to discuss the extraordinary volume of pro bono work that lawyers have completed this past year, the impact of the bushfire season and then COVID-19 upon pro bono, and how such community work will become easier for lawyers to undertake in the ‘new normal’.
Centre CEO Gabriela Christian-Hare joined Jerome Doraisamy from Lawyers Weekly to discuss how Australian lawyers compare globally in the number of pro bono hours undertaken, why it’s necessary to allocate time to pro bono work on a regular basis and the most crucial factors to the success of a firm’s pro bono program.
Australian Pro Bono Centre CEO Gabriela Christian-Hare sat down with Nic Patrick, Head of Pro Bono & Responsible Business at international law firm DLA Piper, to discuss his predictions on growing areas of legal need and trend predictions for the legal sector and how they impact on pro bono.
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, to discuss his new book Global Pro Bono: Causes, Consequences and Contestation.
Gabriela Christian-Hare, Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Pro Bono Centre (APBC) was invited to provide a video for UNSW Edge. The video outlines the APBC’s mission to support lawyers across Australia to be involved in pro bono work and the various tools available to lawyers to assist in undertaking pro bono work. View the video here.
Can Big Law Help the Environment?
Gabriela Christian-Hare, Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Pro Bono Centre (APBC) was invited to speak at the 2022 PILnet Global Forum. Together with Seth Kerschner of White & Case, they explore the opportunities, controversies and challenges confronting law firms seeking to address climate change. View the video here.
For more information about how you can combat climate change through the power of pro bono, visit the Climate Action Portal.
Pro Bono Community Event including Rightsholder Engagement by DLA Piper
28 October 2021
At this pro bono community event the Centre presented on FY21 National Pro Bono Target results and DLA Piper hosted a session on Rightsholder Engagement.
DLA Piper shared what rightsholder engagement means to them, why this is a key focus for the firm, as well as the journey they have been on as an international firm to engage with rightsholders in their pro bono work. This session featured three rightsholders who are from refugee backgrounds: Awmaima Amrayaf, Hourie Khdrlarian, and Malek Kazimi as well as Partner, Responsible Business at DLA Piper, Nic Patrick. The panellists shared their personal perspectives and experiences on this issue. The session was hosted by Pro Bono Manager Australia, DLA Piper, Nesha Balasubramanian.
The Zoom recording of the rightsholder engagement section of this event is found here.
Australian Pro Bono Network webinar: Pandemic drives record pro bono in FY21
7 October 2021
In a special webinar with the Australia Pro Bono Network our CEO, Gabriela Christian-Hare, discussed the pandemic-driven record pro bono hours delivered by the legal sector in FY21, what is driving participation, and the role of the pro bono target.
Clayton Utz: Insights from Pro Bono Partners, David Hillard and Jessica Morath
28 May 2020
The Centre’s CEO, Gabriela Christian-Hare, conducted an interview with Clayton Utz Pro Bono Partners, David Hillard and Jessica Morath. David and Jess discussed the evolution of the Australian pro bono landscape, the development of Clayton Utz’s pro bono practice since 1997, the firm’s response to the bushfires and COVID-19, and where they see pro bono heading into the 2020s.
University of Queensland Law students are conducting interviews in a weekly series called, The Witness Box. Students, staff, alumni and professionals are provided an opportunity to explore several organisations and specialties within the legal profession. The Centre’s CEO, Gabriela Christian-Hare, recently talked about her career path, useful skills, adaptability and work-life harmony.
Use the arrows on the screen to scroll between the five video clips described below.
1. Eight pieces of advice on how to run a pro bono program
The Centre caught up with Nick Crennan, the managing partner of Colin Biggers & Paisley who in under two and half minutes gave us eight pieces of silver on how to run a successful pro bono program.
2. Q&A with Jo Renkin, Lander & Rogers
One of the things we love to do at the Centre is talk with pro bono practitioners to better understand their context, the challenges faced and lessons learned.
We are pleased to glean wisdom from experts like Jo Renkin, Head of Pro Bono and Community Engagement at Lander & Rogers, and share that with you – with the aim of growing the capacity of the Australian legal profession to provide pro bono legal services.
3. Pro bono legal services in Regional, Rural and Remote areas
This short film, produced as a training resource by the Centre for the NACLC, explores the opportunities and challenges of the provision of pro bono legal work in regional, rural and remote Australia. Interviews were conducted with staff from CLCs and pro bono providers throughout Australia.
4. National Pro Bono Day 2018
Happy National Pro Bono Day from some of our National Pro Bono Target signatories!
5. Q&A with Lauren Miller, Carnival Australia
We asked Lauren Miller, General Counsel at Carnival Australia, what pro bono projects her team is engaged in, how their pro bono work is supported by the company, and what the benefits of pro bono for individual lawyers and the company more broadly are.