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 20 Roundtable meetings to date. The Roundtable has provided space for 30 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 21st Italian Pro Bono Roundtable
The 21st Italian Pro Bono Roundtable will take place on 20 September 2017 in Milan, Italy. It will be hosted by Macchi di Cellere Gangemi. The address is:
Macchi di Cellere Gangemi Studio Legale
Via G. Serbelloni 4
Please note that the Roundtable will start at 12:30 pm and will end at 14:30 pm CET.
It is important that you confirm your presence using this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/21st-italian-pro-bono-roundtable-tickets-34718503980
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.
- 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
- 17 May 2017: 20th Italian Pro Bono Roundtable 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
FIRST PRO BONO ASSOCIATION OF LAWYERS LAUNCHED IN ITALY (18 May 2017)
Pro Bono Italia was launched yesterday as the first association of lawyers, law firms and forensic associations with the goal of promoting and spreading a pro bono culture throughout Italy.
Among the founders of Pro Bono Italia: ASLA, Albé e Associati, Carotenuto Studio Legale, Casella e Associati, Walter De Agostino, De Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani, Dentons, Hogan Lovells, Marina Ingrasci', Legance, Macchi di Cellere Gangemi, Quintavalle & Riva and White & Case.
Notarial aspects were handled by Giovannella Condò of Milan Notai.
Pro Bono Italia will endeavour to fosteran open dialogue between lawyers, non-profit organisations, clearing-houses and legal clinics operating nationally and abroad. It intends to organise training activities on legal, social and cultural matters and facilitate the performance of pro bono services. The association will also cooperate with local, national and International Bar associations and other institutions to promote the approval of laws, regulations, codes and ethical standards instrumental to the development of pro bono in Italy.
Pro Bono Italia will be chaired by Giovanni Carotenuto, former partner at Orrick and founder of Carotenuto Studio Legale, and Stefano Macchi di Cellere, head of the London office of Macchi di Cellere Gangemi. Other members of the Board of Directors are Valentina Casella, partner at Casella e Associati, and Atanas Politov, formerly responsible for PILnet in Europe and currently Europe Director for Pro Bono at Dentons.
Many of the founders have actively participated in, and continue to support, the Italian Pro Bono Roundtable (www.pilnet.org/italy), a network of legal professionals, lawyers and non-profit associations established by PILnet (The Global Network for Public Interest Law) in April 2014. The Roundtable holds regular meetings in Rome and Milan and organises support for the European Pro Bono Forum, held for the first time in Rome in November 2015.
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.
PILnet Global Forum 16 - 19 October 2017, Budapest
Law can be a powerful tool for justice but it does not deliver justice automatically. Around the world today, law is being used to maintain inequality, to legitimize the quietening of civil society organizations and to hinder human rights defenders that challenge the
status quo. The 2017 PILnet Global Forum will focus on how we, as a global network, can reclaim law as a force for good and find ways to collaborate in making law work for all.
Bringing together the expertise and networks of PILnet’s European, Russian and Asian Forums for the first time, the 2017 Global Forum will give local innovation a global stage. It will connect leading activists, academics, pro bono professionals and public interest law champions from around the world to share the most effective techniques and skills of both the public and private legal profession to benefit the public interest.