Italian Pro Bono Roundtable
In April 2014, PILnet started the Italian Pro Bono Roundtable to create new public space where lawyers, law firms, and companies can interact and cooperate with Italian NGOs and civil society. We have held 19 Roundtable meetings to date. The Roundtable has provided space for 26 Italian NGOs to present their work, discuss strategies and engage lawyers and law firms in cooperation on pro bono basis. We are continuing the roundtable project with meetings 2017.
Upcoming Meetings: The 20th Italian Pro Bono Roundtable
The 20th Italian Pro Bono Roundtable will take place on 17 May 2017 in Milan, Italy. It will be hosted by Linklaters. The address is:
Studio Legale Associato in association with Linklaters LLP
Via Broletto 9
Please note that the Roundtable will start at 1:00 pm CET and will end at 3:00 pm CET.
It is important that you confirm your presence using this link (until 12 May!):https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/preview?eid=33144110928
Il termine ‘Pro Bono’ deriva dalla frase in Latino “pro bono publico” che vuole significare, attività resa per il bene pubblico.
Vi sono differenti definizioni di Pro Bono, che dipendono dalla storia e dal sistema giuridico di ciascun paese e dalle norme deontologiche cui sono soggetti gli scritti alla professione legale, e secondo i compiti che si prefiggono le organizzazioni che promuovono servizi legali nell’interesse pubblico per chi è bisognoso.
Il nostro intento non è quello di trovare una definizione di Pro Bono che possa essere universalmente accettata, ma riteniamo utile descrivere gli scopi e i limiti dell’attività legale che gli avvocati italiani, iscritti negli ordini professionali, possono decidere volontariamente di perseguire, individualmente o in forma associata, a beneficio di enti meritevoli di ricevere supporto legale o di persone che non possono permettersi di pagare l’assistenza legale o non abbiano diritto al patrocinio gratuito.
Tale attività, che consideriamo compresa nella definizione di Pro Bono che PILnet appoggia, si vuole che escluda qualunque assistenza legale fornita da un avvocato a fini di lucro, come qualunque prestazione resa ai sensi delle norme sul gratuito patrocinio che assicurano accesso alla giustizia, e non deve essere confusa con i servizi di beneficienza in genere, sponsorizzazione, raccolta fondi per o sostegno finanziario a organizzazioni che forniscono servizi legali a persone con mezzi limitati.
Con attività Pro Bono s’intende la prestazione lavorativa strettamente volontaria, resa non a fini di lucro ma gratuitamente, che un avvocato svolge facendo affidamento sulle sue capacità professionali, su base non discriminatoria, e sotto la sua valutazione e responsabilità personale, in ottemperanza, tra gli altri, delle leggi, regolamenti e norme deontologiche applicabili che disciplinano lo svolgimento dell’assistenza e consulenza legale e la rappresentanza in giudizio, a favore di:
Dal carattere gratuito della prestazione Pro Bono consegue che ai clienti non viene addebitata parcella per i compensi degli avvocati, così come le spese ordinarie (come ad es., fotocopie, fax, telefonate e corrispondenza postale) sostenute nel corso della prestazione professionale resa, ad eccezione delle spese straordinarie (come ad es., spese di viaggio, corrieri espressi o mezzi di indagine e ricerca), che saranno sostenute dai legali con il preventivo assenso del cliente.
The term ‘Pro Bono’ originates from the Latin phrase “pro bono publico” which means, activity carried out for the public good.
There are different definitions of Pro Bono, depending on each country’s history and legal system and the bar rules applicable to the members of the legal profession, as well as the aims of the organizations that are promoting public interest legal work for those in need.
While it is not our scope to find a definition of Pro Bono that can be universally accepted, we deemed helpful to describe the purpose and boundaries of certain legal activity which Italian lawyers, members of the local Bars, may voluntarily decide to carry out, as a sole practitioner or in associated form, for the benefit of entities worth receiving legal support or individuals that cannot afford paying for their legal assistance or may not be eligible receiving legal aid.
This activity, which we will consider falling under the definition of Pro Bono supported by PILnet, is to be intended to exclude any legal assistance provided by a lawyer for profit, any activity already regulated by applicable laws and falling under a governmental system of “legal aid” granting access to justice, and shall not be confused with any generic charitable service, sponsorship, funding or financial support to organizations that provide legal services to persons of limited means.
Pro Bono activity shall mean the strictly voluntary, not for profit and gratuitous professional activity that a lawyer undertakes resorting on his/her legal skills, on a non discriminatory basis, but under his/her personal judgment and responsibility, and in compliance with, inter alia, the applicable laws, regulations and bar rules governing the performance of legal advice, assistance and/or representation, in favor of:
The gratuitous character of the Pro Bono activity means that clients are not charged the lawyers’ fees, as well as the ordinary expenses (e.g., photocopying, fax, telephone and mail) incurred for the performance of the professional activity required, except for any extraordinary costs (e.g., travel expenses, express couriers and legal investigation or search tools), which are incurred by the lawyers with the prior consent of the client.
Updated Italian Pro Bono Distribution List (password protected)
- 29 April 2014: 1st Italian Pro Bono Roundtable Meeting Minutes of the Meeting
- 11 June 2014: 2nd Italian Pro Bono Roundtable Meeting Minutes of the Meeting
- 11 September 2014: 3rd Italian Pro Bono Roundtable Meeting Minutes of the Meeting
- 20 November 2014: 4th Italian Pro Bono Roundtable Meeting Minutes of the Meeting
- 4 February 2015: 5th Italian Pro Bono Roundtable Meeting Minutes of the Meeting
- 18 March 2015: 6th Italian Pro Bono Roundtable Meeting
- 22 April 2015: 7th Italian Pro Bono Roundtable
- 27 May 2015: 8th Italian Pro Bono Roundtable Meeting
- 1 July 2015: 9th Italian Pro Bono Roundtable Meeting
- 16 September 2015: 10th Italian Pro Bono Roundtable Meeting
- 7 October 2015: 11th Italian Pro Bono Roundtable Meeting
- 3 February 2016: 12th Italian Pro Bono Roundtable Meeting
- 9 March 2016: 13th Italian Pro Bono Roundtable Meeting
- 27 April 2016: 14th Italian Pro Bono Roundtable Meeting Minutes of the Meeting
- 15 June 2016: 15th Italian Pro Bono Roundtable Meeting Minutes of the Meeting
- 14 September 2016: 16th Italian Pro Bono Roundtable Meeting Minutes of the Meeting
- 9 November 2016: 17th Italian Pro Bono Roundtable meeting Minutes of the Meeting
- 25 January 2017:18th_Italian_Pro Bono Roundtable meeting Minutes of the Meeting
- 22 March 2017:19th Italian Pro Bono Roundtable Meeting Minutes of the Meeting
- Albè e Associati www.albeeassociati.it Pro Bono Profile
- Ashurst www.ashurst.com Pro Bono Profile
- Carotenuto Studio Legale www.carotenutolex.com Pro Bono Profile
- Casella e Associati www.casellaeassociati.com
- De Agostino www.studiolegaledeagostino.eu
- De Berti De Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani www.dejalex.com
- Dentons www.dentons.comPro Bono Profile
- DLA Piper www.dlapiper.com Pro Bono Profile (Pro Bono Profile in Italian)
- Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer www.freshfields.com Pro Bono Profile
- Giovannelli e Associati www.galaw.it
- Hogan Lovells www.hoganlovells.com Pro Bono Profile
- Jones Day www.jonesday.com Pro Bono Profile
- Macchi di Cellere Gangemi www.macchi-gangemi.com Pro Bono Profile
- Marina Ingrascí www.studio-avvocati.eu Pro Bono Profile
- Saccucci & Partners www.saccuccipartners.com Pro Bono Profile
- Simmons & Simmons www.simmons-simmons.com Pro Bono Profile
PILnet envisions a world where law delivers justice. We connect and equip lawyers to protect human rights, advance social justice and defend the most vulnerable. PILnet has two core strategies: training, supporting and collaborating with public interest lawyers on a global scale and strengthening the global pro bono community. Our approach is to connect and collaborate with partners to create globally-available resources that make local public advocacy more effective. While PILnet’s reach is worldwide, our innovating strategies are driven by local actors.
Strengthening Public Interest Lawyers
PILnet strengthens the effectiveness of public interest lawyers around the world through fellowships, training programs and other special initiatives. We provide unique connections andresources to global networks of like-minded advocates. For example, our international Fellows program has transformed the lives and careers of more than 100 leading public interest lawyers from 36 countries. Our Fellows work on a wide range of issues from protecting economic and social rights, to addressing climate change, LGBTI rights and human trafficking.
Building the Global Pro Bono Community
PILnet is leading the way in a global effort to build pro bono communities locally in order to strengthen civil society and ensure access to justice. PILnet has linked together a global network of pro bono clearinghouses – including its own pioneering initiatives in Asia, Europe and West Africa – which connect law firms and corporations as pro bono service providers with NGOs and individuals in need of legal assistance. Further, PILnet widens and deepens the global pro bono community through convening annual Pro Bono Forums in Europe and Asia bringing together the key actors in those regions. As global pro bono culture grows around the world, PILnet is creating resources that make local advocacy more effective.
In 2015, PILnet’s Hungarian Clearinghouse partnered with Migration Aid and other communitybased initiatives and NGOs to provide pro bono assistance to migrants and refugees in Budapest and across the country. Our Global Clearinghouse brokered pro bono support for NGOs and asylum seekers in Italy and beyond. Meanwhile, the Global Clearinghouse team reimagined the 2015 European Pro Bono Forum to include a Europe-wide discussion on how pro bono can help alleviate the crisis and aid NGOs in their humanitarian efforts.
While—like many organizations—we have had to react to these extraordinary times, our work expanding and growing pro bono culture in Europe and around the world continued unabated. In 2015 alone, our Clearinghouses in Hungary, Russian and Hong Kong as well as our Global Clearinghouse matched lawyers with 173 NGOs from 20 countries. These pro bono services addressed a wide variety of needs, including some of Europe’s most critical human rights issues. For example, our Global Clearinghouse sourced pro bono lawyers to monitor the trials of persecuted human rights defenders in Azerbaijan and to provide pro bono advice to help draft Slovenia's first law on legal gender recognition.
In addition, by working with partner clearinghouses in over 30 European countries, PILnetcontinued to strengthen pro bono infrastructures. In 2015, we organized local pro bono roundtables that resulted in the creation of two new partner clearinghouses in Italy. Similarly, with our support, the roundtables in the Netherlands and Belgium have ramped up their pro bono engagement.
Meanwhile, the growth of pro bono in Asia is continuing to gather pace.In 2015 the Asia Pro Bono Forum moved to Thailand, attracting over 200 participants from over 20 different countries. The 2015 agenda that drew on the richness of the regional context, sparked pro bono discussions amongst Thai law firms and policy makers and helped civil society explore the benefits of pro bono, especially in cross-border issues like migration and anti-trafficking.
Despite being one of our newest programs, our Hong Kong Clearinghouse is now the leadingplatform connecting NGOs with lawyers and law students who wish to pursue pro bono avenues. As of September 2015 it has helped over 55 charities and social enterprises, providing first-class assistance across the legal spectrum.
As an important development in our efforts to expand the pro bono culture and opportunities within Asia, PILnet supported the establishment of three pro bono clearinghouses in Mainland China. Zhicheng in Beijing; For NGO in Shanghai; and Wider Access to Justice in Shenzhen have already made significant progress during their short periods of operation, offering a range of legal support for local NGOs, individuals and communities.
PILnet is exceptionally proud of this work and the expansion of pro bono culture in Europe and abroad since the inaugural European Pro Bono Forum in 2007. This is why, after more than eight years of successful pro bono operation in Russia, PILnet is gearing up to stage our first Russian Pro Bono conference in the spring of 2016. The conference is designed to celebrate the pro bono movement in Moscow and St Petersburg, reflect on its evolution in the region, and act as a catalyst for new developments across other cities within the region. We look forward to supporting and growing each new pro bono community as they expand justice and the rule of law.