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COMMONWEALTH CONTINUES TO ENCOURAGE FIRMS TO UNDERTAKE PRO BONO LEGAL WORK THROUGH NEW WHOLE-OF-GOVERNMENT LEGAL SERVICES PANEL

Experts to team up with pro bono lawyers

ExpertsDirect Pro Bono is a new service just launched for lawyers that aims to put them in touch with experts in a myriad of fields who are prepared to offer their services for free or at low cost in matters where the lawyer is acting on a pro bono basis.

7th Asia Pro Bono Conference boosts pro bono

It was fitting that the 2018 Asia Pro Bono Conference was held in Hong Kong on 25-27 October 2018, where the legal profession has been working hard in recent years seeking to advance and develop the pro bono activity of its lawyers.

Pro Bono in the News – November 2018

Articles of interest to the pro bono community that have been published since our last edition.

Introducing our new Office Administrator, Natasha Rose

Meet our new Office Administrator, Natasha Rose, who left a high-flying career in experiential marketing to pursue a Master of Human Rights Law and Policy. Natasha has lived and studied in Mexico, interned at the Red Cross, and is now hard at work pursuing her passion for improving access to justice for society’s most vulnerable.

75 year-old Hunter CLC Volunteer, Lynn Flanagan, proves it’s never too late for a career change

At 75, Lynn Flanagan is proving a dynamo volunteer at Hunter CLC. We caught up with Lynn to chat about her work, motivation and what life is like as a mature-age student!

Reporting back from the Australian Pro Bono & Skilled Volunteering Summit at Westpac, Sydney

On 1 November 2018 the Centre’s Head of Policy & Strategy, Gabriela Christian-Hare, participated in a panel discussion on measuring impact and story-telling at the Australian Pro Bono & Skilled Volunteering Summit at Westpac in Sydney.

What needs to change in the legal profession so women can thrive?

To mark 100 years of women in law in Australia, we asked three inspirational women legal practitioners – Leah Cameron, Nicky Friedman, Geetha Nair, and Hannah Rose – ‘what needs to change in the legal profession so that more women can thrive professionally and personally?’

Pro bono lawyering on the front line of the refugee crisis: 3 weeks on Lesvos

Ella Alexander, Pro Bono Senior Associate at Makinson d’Apice Lawyers, shares her experience of pro bono lawyering on the front line of the refugee crisis on the Greek Island of Lesvos, where over 11,000 asylum seekers are stranded awaiting the outcome of their applications for refugee status.

Commonwealth Legal Services Expenditure Report 2016-2017: government expenditure up, but pro bono down

The Commonwealth has just released their annual legal services expenditure report for 2016-2017 reporting total legal services expenditure of $825.51m (up 4.2%), and 502,619 hours of pro bono legal work done by reporting firms (down 9.5% on 2015-16 results).