PILnet (then Public Interest Law Initiative) and Open Society Justice Initiative, Budapest, 2005
This report offers a narrative summary of the proceedings of the Second European Forum on Access to Justice held in Budapest on February 24-26, 2005.
The report covers a wide range of regional and country-specific efforts to expand access to justice for the indigent and includes discussions of developments in international legal aid standards and of civil society and government initiatives to put these standards into practice.
Using the Power of Law for the Public Interest A Report by Lamin Khadar for the 10th Annual European Pro Bono Forum A modern pro bono movement is beginning to emerge in Europe. Although the tradition of pro bono practice stretches as far back as ancient and medieval Europe, modern pro bono practice has been developed anew, especially since the 1990s, by NGOs, foundations, and private lawyers. The emergence of modern pro bono practice in Europe was aided by the growth and internationalization of US and UK law firms committed to the institutionalization of pro bono in all of their offices, which has also coincided with a decline in legal aid in Europe. This report documents the long history of pro bono in Europe, with a special emphasis on developments in the past 10 years, which have witnessed significant activity toward building a culture of and the infrastructure for pro bono practice in Europe. Some of the field’s central debates and dilemmas, especially for its future, are captured here as a part of that review. This summary is a general overview of the issues covered in PILnet’s 10-year report, put together by Lamin Khadar. The full report, in a PDF printable version, will cover all of these issues in depth and will be available on this page shortly.
Margaret M. Barry, Jon C. Dubin, and Peter A. Joy, report prepared for PILnet (then Public Interest Law Institute), August 2010.
The first part of this report provides a history of legal education in the United States. It then proceeds to discuss the state of legal education in the United States today.
The authors track the development of legal education, covering: (a) the regime of apprenticeship and self-study; (b) the beginning of law schools at the end of the 18th century; (c) the institution of university-level education requirements in the late 19th century; and (d) the development of law school admission tests in the late 1950s. The remainder of the report looks at the state of legal education in the United States today. It explains such procedural aspects as undergraduate study requirements, the three-year law program, and the Law School Admissions Test. Moreover, the authors explore some of the controversies surrounding the institutions, including barriers to access for minorities, women, and the poor. The report also notes the increasing cost of law school attendance and the effect of the 2008 economic downturn on available high-paying attorney jobs. Finally, the authors discuss the curricula and the role law schools should or should not play in preparing students for the actual practice of law as opposed to passage of the bar exam. The report suggests that more emphasis on clinical experiences would enhance student preparation and competence.
PILnet (then Public Interest Law Initiative), new York, 1997
This report is the result of collaborative efforts involving many of the participants in the Durban Symposium on Public Interest Law in Eastern Europe and Russia.
The main objective of the symposium was to provide an opportunity for the exchange of experience and knowledge accross national, professional and sectoral borders, exposing Eastern Europeans and Russians engaged in public interest law activities to the rich experiences of the South African public interest law professionals.