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ACU’s unique pro bono placement program wins Uniservitate Award

Australian Catholic University’s Thomas More Law School has received global recognition of its distinctive pro bono placement program by winning first prize in the Uniservitate Award. As part of the program, all ACU law undergraduate students are required to undertake 80 hours of pro bono placements in law firms or with leading barristers, community legal centres, NGOs, government departments or social justice agencies. 

From a small container at a Hougang temple, this lawyer and her team bring legal access to the vulnerable

Long-time volunteer with Pro Bono SG, Cai Chengying, knows that the charity’s main office in the State Courts can be inaccessible and intimidating for some clients. So, as the organisation’s new Head of Strategy and Impact Evaluation, she plans to build more community law centres in the heartlands to improve access to justice for all. 

Clayton Utz lends a hand to Children's Cancer Institute on lease agreement

Clayton Utz has assisted the Children's Cancer Institute on a pro bono basis to negotiate and enter into a lease agreement. The agreement involves the establishment of a first-of-its-kind children cancer care facility.  

Fiji Law Society moves to streamline pro bono legal services

The Fiji Law Society has begun developing a streamlined process to allow more lawyers to take up pro bono cases in the country. Many Fijian lawyers undertake pro bono cases; however, this is mostly done in an ad hoc manner rather than being guided by a streamlined process. 

DLA Piper assists Timor-Leste in major climate case

DLA Piper has provided pro bono legal assistance to the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste in securing a significant climate decision from the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. In a watershed ruling, the tribunal determined that governments have a “stringent” duty of due diligence and responsibility to regulate greenhouse gas-emitting activities. 

A day in the life of a pro bono lawyer – Robert Reed, MinterEllison

Proctor sat down with Robert Reed, Special Counsel and Pro Bono and Community Investment Senior Manager at MinterEllison, to discuss the greatest challenges with his role and the advice he has for young lawyers who are interested in pro bono legal work. 

2024 Canadian Pro Bono Firms Report released

Pro Bono Ontario has partnered with Canadian Lawyer to conduct a national survey of pro bono participation at Canadian law firms, resulting in the 2024 Pro Bono Firms Report. The report identifies the success factors that enable pro bono participation at an institutional level, and recognises the 21 best law firms who have demonstrated excellence in pro bono. 

Over 3,500 solicitors and barristers across England & Wales celebrated in inaugural Pro Bono Recognition List

The Attorney General’s Pro Bono Committee has published the inaugural Pro Bono Recognition List of England & Wales, recognising over 3,500 solicitors and barristers for their dedication to providing pro bono services. This list acknowledges the contributions of lawyers who have given 25 or more hours of pro bono legal assistance over the previous calendar year. 

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