Pro Bono

In order to inspire lawyers to advance the public interest and strengthen the ability of civil society to influence laws and policies and assist individuals in need, PILnet develops pro bono (or volunteer) legal practice around the world. Although in recent years, lawyers and firms have become increasingly willing to undertake pro bono matters, they often lack a direct connection to the community. PILnet’s pro bono clearinghouses in Hungary, Russia, China and its cross-border Global Pro Bono Clearinghouse serve to bridge that gap between lawyers seeking opportunities to provide free legal help and those who need it.

PILnet also helps replicate its model by providing technical assistance, know-how exchange and other forms of coordination to partner clearinghouses developing in other European countries, such as Poland, the Czech Republic and Romania. It also organizes the annual European Pro Bono Forum to provide a dynamic, multi-national platform for exchange of information, skills transfer and networking related to pro bono activities in continental Europe and beyond.

European Pro Bono Forum

PILnet’s European Pro Bono Forum brings together lawyers and NGO representatives to explore how they can best collaborate to address the most critical issues of social justice. The Forum offers an unparalleled opportunity for participants to deepen their knowledge of issues relating to European pro bono law. Through interactive workshops, engaging social events, and structured networking opportunities, seasoned practitioners and newcomers alike gain insight into the pro bono community and forge alliances that can help deliver justice and protect rights around the world. learn more»

Get Involved in Pro Bono

PILnet provides free-of-charge matchmaking services to secure pro bono assistance for NGOs. If you are a lawyer and would like to volunteer your legal expertise, follow the "Get Involved Now" button and click on a clearinghouse near you to send an email to the contact person.  For those interested in cross-border pro bono work, click on PILnet's Global Pro Bono Clearinghouse located in Budapest.

If you represent an organization in need of legal assistance, you can do the same. You can also download the Guidelines for NGOs that we use for PILnet Clearinghouses. 

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Pro Bono News

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  • 23 November 2015

    2015 European Pro Bono Awards pro bono

    On November 12 PILnet announced the recipients of this year’s European Pro Bono Awards in a ceremony held as part of the 9th Annual European Pro Bono Forum. DLA Piper and its European Signature Project, together with the firm’s NGO partners received the Exemplary Partnership in the Public Interest Award, and A&L Goodbody, alongside the Irish Refugee Council, received the newly established Award for Local Pro Bono Impact. Read more

  • 17 April 2015

    Pro Bono Makes Music and History in Cuba pro bono

    In 2012, Orbert Davis, co-founder, conductor and artistic director of the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic (CJP) was visiting Cuba to conduct research for a new symphonic jazz composition. While there, he met some of the students from Cuba’s Universidad de las Artes (ISA). Seeing their extraordinary talent and interest in jazz, he promised to return for a more in-depth exchange. With pro bono help from David J. Levine and Joan-Elisse Carpentier, both partners at McDermott Will & Emery, and with funding from John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s International Connections Fund, Orbert fulfilled his promise by organizing a cultural exchange trip to Havana. Read more

  • 05 January 2015

    9th Annual European Pro Bono Forum pro bono

    The 9th Annual European Pro Bono Forum will be held on 11-13 November 2015, at the NH Collection Roma Vittorio Veneto hotel in Rome, Italy. Read more