New editions of the Manual and What Works launched
26 October 2016
On 26 October 2016, the Hon Justice Virginia Bell AC, launched the new editions of the Australian Pro Bono Centre’s two flagship publications:
- The Australian Pro Bono Manual – A practice guide and resource kit for law firms (3rd ed), and
- Pro bono partnerships and models – A practical guide to What Works (2nd ed).
The launch of these two companion publications was held at the offices of Colin Biggers & Paisley Lawyers and attended by representatives of Australia’s leading law firms and the legal assistance sector.
Together the Manual and What Works seek to facilitate the provision of pro bono legal services to address unmet legal need and further access to justice.
Written by experienced pro bono professionals, it provides practical guidance on the key elements required to operate a successful pro bono practice, including a number of pro forma precedents generously contributed by participating firms.
In her foreword to the book Justice Bell says:
The Manual provides comprehensive guidance to the profession in the conduct of important work. It reflects a wealth of hands-on experience accumulated by the pro bono coordinators who have lent their assistance to the Australian Pro Bono Centre in its compilation. All associated with its production deserve to be congratulated.
What Works, first published in 2013, aims to help those involved in providing, seeking and brokering pro bono legal assistance to develop successful pro bono partnerships. For lawyers and firms offering pro bono assistance, and for community organisations seeking it, What Works provides a deeper understanding of how to build and strengthen relationships with pro bono partners; case studies that identify the features of successful pro bono projects; and how to address common challenges.
The Manual and What Works are published with the generous assistance of LexisNexis®, a leading provider of legal information, and an organisation committed to supporting professionals and organisations that work to further access to justice.
Both publications can be purchased from LexisNexis® and are also available through the Centre’s website, www.probonocentre.org.au.