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Profession-wide initiative launched to recognise pro bono efforts of individual UK lawyers

The Pro Bono Recognition List for England and Wales will name all legal professionals who have contributed at least 25 hours of pro bono legal services in the preceding calendar year, whether in private practice or as in-house lawyers.

California Pro Bono Portal will increase access to justice, volunteer opportunities

Pro bono attorney volunteers will now have an easier time finding volunteer opportunities in California, thanks to a new portal developed by A2J Tech in partnership with legal aid organizations, law firms, law schools, and community members across the state. 

UK corporates sign in-house pro bono pledge

General counsel at major UK companies have signed a pledge to demonstrate their support for pro bono work – and committed to asking external law firms to disclose details of their own pro bono contributions.

Unfamiliar Territory: Lawsuit Calls Mandatory Pro Bono Assignments Unconstitutional

"The reason the attorneys don't like it is because attorneys don't want to be put into a situation where they stand up in front of a judge and they don't know what they're doing," said Edward Zohn, the attorney for the plaintiffs.  

A Nigerian app is saving lives by connecting people to pro bono legal services

The app, Podus, connects people in need of legal help with an available pro bono lawyer. The volunteer lawyers take on the cases in return for appearance fees and stipends to cover basic costs, which is paid through funds donated by sponsors and partners. The organisation has so far helped release over 5,000 pretrial detainees – many of whom were remanded in custody because they didn’t have a lawyer, or were summarily locked up by police for crimes they did not commit.  

Uganda Law Society to Establish Pro Bono Fund for Journalists

In a bid to promote media rights in the country, the Uganda Law Society has expressed its intention to establish a pro bono fund for journalists across the country.  

Can a pro bono lawyer recover costs?

In this article, the Law Society Journal sets out the implications for pro bono lawyers of the recent case E1 v E2; E Pty Limited v E2 [2023] NSWSC where a pro bono lawyer sought to recover her costs from the losing party.  

Rebuilding Hope: Pro Bono for Ukraine’s Small Businesses

New Perimeter, DLA Piper’s global pro bono initiative, is working with the Uzhorod National University in Western Ukraine to help establish and support a legal clinic that will enable Law School faculty and students to provide pro bono assistance to address the critical legal needs of Ukrainian small businesses. 

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