Legal Australia-Wide (LAW) Survey: Legal need in Australia, The Law and Justice Foundation of New South Wales – August 2012
The Law and Justice Foundation of New South Wales (LJF) produced a series of nine reports providing the findings of a national survey of legal needs – the LAW Survey. It is the first comprehensive assessment across Australia of an extensive range of legal needs on a representative sample of the Australian population. It consists of a report on Australia as a whole and a report on each state/territory.
Prior to the LAW Survey the LJF published a number of reports as part of its Access to Justice and Legal Needs Project which commenced in 2002. These reports cover issues faced by people in disadvantaged areas, people with a mental illness, older people, homeless people and prisoners. The reports are available and data can be searched through the “Just Search” facility on the LJF website.
(1993) – US Pro Bono Institute Law Firm Challenge.
The Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge is a global aspirational pro bono standard. Developed by law firm leaders and corporate general counsel, the Challenge articulates a single, unitary standard for one key segment of the legal profession – the world’s largest law firms. Major law firms that become signatories to the Challenge acknowledge their institutional, firm-wide commitment to provide pro bono legal services to low income and disadvantaged individuals and families and non-profit groups.
(2006) – American Bar Association Pro Bono Resolution
At the 2006 Annual Meeting, the ABA House of Delegates adopted a resolution which, in part, urges government attorneys to serve their communities through pro bono and public service activities consistent with applicable rules of professional conduct. The resolution encourages government agencies to adopt written pro bono policies and procedures that include a definition of pro bono, sets forth case approval and conflicts checking procedures and addresses use of office resources. Other suggestions include designating a pro bono coordinator or committee, identifying and addressing any regulatory impediments to pro bono participation, and development of recognition programs.
(2006) – UK Pro Bono Protocol
The Joint UK Protocol for Pro Bono Legal Work was developed jointly by the Bar Pro Bono Unit and Law Works. The Protocol ‘sets out core values of pro bono legal work to assist both those who undertake it and their clients’. The protocol was officially launched and signed by major UK pro bono providers and supporters including the Bar Council, the Bar Pro Bono Unit, sets of Chambers, law firms and law schools.
(2008) – Pro Bono Declaration for the Americas
Prepared by the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice at the New York Bar, it contains an aspirational target of at least 20 hours per lawyer within three years.
(2014) – Collaborative Plan for Pro Bono in the UK
The Plan is a profession-led initiative in which participating law firms share a collective belief that pro bono is a professional responsibility for all lawyers. The Plan facilitates collaboration between firms to develop systems and infrastructure to allow pro bono services to be effectively delivered to address unmet legal need in the UK. The Plan also incorporates an aspirational target of 25 pro bono hours on average per fee-earner per year. TrustLaw, the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s global pro bono service that connects NGOs with law firm, publishes participants’ performance on an anonymous basis.
Other countries such as Poland, Israel, South Africa, Nigeria have made pro bono declarations and/or prepared voluntary protocols. Links to some of these can be found on the IBA pro bono website. More information on international pro bono in general can be found in International Pro Bono.
You can also find a comparison of various overseas protocols in: