Pro Bono

  • 21 November 2016

    2016 European Pro Bono AwardsNews

    On November 17, PILnet announced the recipients of this year’s European Pro Bono Awards in a ceremony held as part of the 10th Annual European Pro Bono Forum. Reed Smith received the Exemplary Partnership in the Public Interest Award for its work with Greek NGO METAdrasi, the Romanian NGO ACTEDO received the Award for Local Pro Bono Impact, and Intigam Aliyev received the newly established European Publico Award. Read more

  • 10 November 2016

    2016 Pro Bono Awards: Fighting Online Child Sexual Exploitation (OCSE) News

    White & Case and ECPAT International (End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes) have been shortlisted for PILnet’s 2016 European Award for Exemplary Partnership in the Public Interest. Together, this law firm and NGO conducted the first comprehensive global study of substantive and procedural law related to online child sexual exploitation. New technologies—from cloud computing to the dark web—have made online child sexual exploitation (OCSE) more pervasive than ever. Read more

  • 09 November 2016

    The Growth of Pro Bono in EuropeReport

    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 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.Read more

  • 06 November 2016

    2016 Pro Bono Awards: Promoting Health Care Justice in PolandNews

    Aneta Sieradzka has been shortlisted for PILnet’s 2016 European Award for Local Pro Bono Impact for her work to change health care regulations in Poland. As a young lawyer based in Poland, she led the efforts of the LexFirma Law Firm in Cracow to update and inform the public on the new government’s laws on health care provision and access to treatment. Read more

  • 02 November 2016

    2016 Pro Bono Awards: Legal Aid for Greece’s StrandedNews

    PILnet has recognized the work carried out by Reed Smith and METAdrasi by shortlisting them for PILnet’s 2016 European Award for Exemplary Partnership in the Public Interest. Founded in 2010, METAdrasi (Action for Migration and Development) is a highly regarded Greek NGO devoted to facilitating the reception and integration of refugees and immigrants in Greece, primarily in providing interpretation services and the protection of unaccompanied children. Read more

  • 31 October 2016

    2016 Pro Bono Awards: Promoting Rights of Romania’s VulnerableNews

    The Equality and Human Rights Action Center (ACTEDO) has been shortlisted for PILnet’s 2016 European Award for Local Pro Bono Impact for its clearinghouse, Pro Bono Network for Human Rights. The Pro Bono Network for Human Rights matches lawyers and law firms with individuals belonging to vulnerable groups whose rights have been violated or with human rights NGOs working with vulnerable groups. Read more

  • 31 October 2016

    2016 Pro Bono Awards: Training the Next Social LeadersNews

    Fundación Fernando Pombo (FPF) has been shortlisted for PILnet’s 2016 European Award for Local Pro Bono Impact for its MULTIPLICATE program. Read more

  • 31 October 2016

    PILnet Match Advances Slovenian Legal Gender RecognitionNews

    What would you do if you had to undergo hours of psychological tests just to verify your gender identity? How would you feel if your travel was restricted because you feared how border guards would react when your gender identity did not match those on your official documents? Read more

  • 23 November 2015

    2015 European Pro Bono AwardsNews

    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 CubaNews

    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