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Law for Change Student Competition

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2017 PILnet Global Forum

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THIS WAY Finding Community Legal Assistance in Hong Kong

Law for Change Student Competition
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THIS WAY  Finding Community Legal Assistance in Hong Kong


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    PILnet is excited to announce the launch of its redesigned Residential Fellowship Program that will begin in summer 2017. PILnet invites recent law graduates and those currently completing relevant degrees in public interest law to apply for this new fellowship, which offers a unique experience to re-envision the way that effective public interest lawyering can be done in our globalized world. This fellowship will provide an experiential learning opportunity in a new area of public interest lawyering that takes the techniques that have historically been used to benefit a powerful few and puts them to work for the poor and disenfranchised. Fellows at PILnet will acquire the skills to adopt the private sector’s transactional lawyering tools (those day-to-day activities—such as negotiating, drafting contracts, and helping to structure transactions), and focus on innovative ways of putting them to work for the public interest. We are no longer accepting applications for the 2017 – 2018 Fellowship.  Please check back for an announcement for the 2018 – 2019 cohorts. For more information on the Fellowship, click here. Read more

  • 2017 Global Pro Bono AwardsNews

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  • THIS WAY – Finding Community Legal Assistance in Hong KongNews

      “I found out I needed to visit many different departments, and I also had to pay court fees,so I didn’t even dare to eat. Every night I was so hungry I could not sleep. 原來要走好多地方同埋要交錢比法庭,當時連去食飯都唔敢,每晚都訓唔著.   Working on a construction site in Hong Kong, "Mr. J" slipped off a building. The fall left him disabled, and before long, facing a myriad of legal issues. The eviction notice came first. He needed time, money, and advice to stave off homelessness, none of which was readily available. Ultimately, Mr. J kept his home but fell further down the security ladder, pushing him into a more marginal existence than before the accident.  Prompted by such need, PILnet and DLA Piper examined the status of access to justice in Hong Kong in a new report, THIS WAY – Finding Community Legal Assistance in Hong Kong. The report considers the legal needs of low income and vulnerable communities in Hong Kong, the free legal services that are available, and the gaps that exist in between.  Read more