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Pro Bono Committee Submissions

The IBA Pro Bono Committee publishes a Newsletter twice annually in the Spring and Fall with new articles accepted on a rolling basis.

You may wish to submit a recent development, alert or short paper about a pro bono matter you are currently involved with, provide a report from committee sessions at the IBA Annual Conference, or highlight any other material that may be of interest to Committee members that contains a focus on pro bono.

All articles submitted must:

  • be in the region of 500-1,500 words (longer copy may be considered);
  • be submitted in MS word format;
  • acknowledge all sources but keep endnotes to a minimum;
  • include your name, email address, firm/equivalent and city; and
  • include a short abstract of no more than 100 words and up to ten keywords.

Please send contributions to Pamela Kovacs

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We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Kind regards,
Pamela Kovacs
Communications Officer
IBA Pro Bono Committee

From the editor - Pro Bono Committee, May 2018

Pamela Kovacs introduces the Spring 2018 e-bulletin of the Pro Bono Committee.
Aggregating pro bono hours – a case study from South Africa - Pro Bono Committee, May 2018

Different law societies in South Africa began adopting compulsory pro bono rules beginning in 2003. Currently, three out of the four regional law societies have the same pro bono rules while The Cape Law Society’s pro bono rules differ in certain aspects. Both sets of rules require attorneys to perform pro bono services of not less than 24 hours per calendar year. Attorneys and law firms have approached these rules in different ways.
Investing in pro bono – a case study from Brazil - Pro Bono Committee, May 2018

While Brazil is Latin America’s largest country and the region’s leading economy, it still has an extremely high level of social inequality. Although in the last decade the country has progressed in the implementation of social public policies, this great inequality has a direct impact on access to justice. Given this scenario, Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr and Quiroga Advogados decided to step forward and announce two joint initiatives.
Pro bono in the post-conflict scenario – the Colombian experience - Pro Bono Committee, May 2018

Colombians have lived for more than 60 years in a complex internal armed conflict that has destabilised the country and left millions of victims including dead, displaced, disappeared, tortured, kidnapped, men, women and children, young and old, social leaders, human rights defenders, military and civilian authorities, politicians and public officials. Consequently, this conflict has led to a serious humanitarian crisis.
Helping to achieve the sustainable development goals through pro bono services - Pro Bono Committee, May 2018

A framework created by consensus and consultation, Agenda 2030 had its critics for being both overly ambitious and unachievable but, as a base, it sets the challenge for the global community. While the Sustainable Development Goals are primarily for states to achieve, the framework recognises that all bear responsibility for achieving the goals, including business, which relevantly includes law firms.
Pro bono support in times of crisis – developing a response plan - Pro Bono Committee, May 2018

Crisis planning, contingency planning, emergency planning, resilience planning – whatever you call it, the process of planning how to expect the unexpected and ensure operational continuity is a topic that should be familiar to anybody in a legal practice.
Pro bono in the face of natural disasters - Pro Bono Committee, May 2018

How did lawyers provide aid to the inhabitants of Mexico City, who were hit by two earthquakes in September 2017?
Pro bono in modern Russia – current challenges and progress - Pro Bono Committee, May 2018

In Russia, pro bono legal services barely occur as a primary activity or independent practice of a law firm. Currently, the role of the government as a provider of free legal services is bigger than that of the legal community. Legislature determined the groups of people and the circumstances under which people are entitled to apply for free legal assistance. In accordance with Russian law, there are two areas for which free legal assistance is provided.
Annual Pro Bono Award - 2017 Award Winner, Balazs Sahin-Toth - November 2017

Presented by the Pro Bono Committee during the IBA Annual Conference and sponsored by LexisNexis, the annual Pro Bono Award honours lawyers who have shown outstanding commitment to pro bono work throughout their legal career.
Africa and pro bono - is Africa behind, or different? - November 2017

The state of pro bono legal services in Africa is often as misunderstood as Africa itself. Compounding such misunderstandings is a tendency to think of Africa as a ‘country’, rather than as a continent that is home to 54 countries, 200 ethnic groups, 1,500 languages and more than 1.1 billion people.
Pro Bono - From the Communications Officer, Pamela Kovacs - November 2017

Welcome to the fall e-bulletin, which features ongoing insights related to pro bono practice from colleagues spanning continents and operating in very different practice environments. Through these practical insights, our Committee hopes to help encourage legal professionals around the globe to deliver pro bono legal services more effectively, efficiently, and within the ethos of doing public good.
Pro Bono - From the Chair, Peter King - November 2017

Peter King introduces the November 2017 Pro Bono Committee e-bulletin, his last as Chair.
The pro bono class action that dislodged the issuance of irregular marriage certificates in Nigeria - November 2017

In 1976, under the General Olusegun Obasanjo regime, the introduction of local government councils as a tier of the Nigerian Government led to an unconscious distortion of the Marriage Act, LFN 1990. Local government councils began to conduct marriages and issue their own version of marriage certificates, which were radically different from the Form E specifically provided under the Marriage Act.
Meet the Officer: David Flechner - November 2017

In every issue, through a Question & Answer feature, we introduce an Officer of the Pro Bono Committee in more depth. This time we feature one of our newest members, David, who is the Committee’s North American Regional Forum Liaison Officer. David shares insights from his journey to the practice of law as well as highlighting the importance of hard work and a ‘calm and constructive’ approach when clients and opposing parties are moving in conflicting directions.
Implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (Capabilities) in Poland

One firm’s pro bono practice has been assisting the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, a Polish-based human rights non-governmental organisation (NGO), and its client in a case involving the issue of implementing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with (Capabilities) Disabilities (UN-CRPD) in the Polish legal order.
How do we know if it is working? Practical approaches to evaluating pro bono work - November 2017

We continue to confront an access to justice crisis around the world. The demand for pro bono services is increasing and we need to ensure that we are investing our resources in the most impactful way. As our pro bono practice matures, we have been making a concerted effort to evaluate the impact of our work.
Pro Bono Committee newsletter, May 2017

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Pro Bono Committee newsletter, November 2016

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Pro Bono Committee newsletter, May 2016

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Pro Bono Committee newsletter, September 2015

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Pro Bono Committee newsletter, May 2015

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Pro Bono Committee newsletter, October 2014

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IBA Pro Bono Declaration

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