Agenda Overview

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You must register for these meeting when you register for the Forum and your registration information will be checked to ensure you are participating in the right meeting. If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected]

These meetings will not be held at Radisson Blu Royal Hotel. They will be held offsite at the offices of a law firms in Dublin.

October 17, 2022

9:30 am Check in

10:00 am – 1:00 pm Meeting

Global Meeting of Law Firm Pro Bono Professionals

This meeting is open only to those coordinating and working on pro bono in law firms. This meeting is organized and facilitated by APBCo.

Join other pro bono professionals in discussions of pressing global issues affecting your pro bono practice and professional development guidance for your pro bono career.

9:30 am Check in

10:00 am – 1:00 pm Meeting

Global Meeting of Pro Bono Clearinghouse Professionals

This meeting is open only to staff working in clearinghouses and other pro bono initiatives.

Meet with other clearinghouse representatives to discuss the challenges to engaging lawyers in pro bono, providing free assistance, and increasing the perceived value of those services. Also share tools and advice for responding to crises.

10:30 am Check in

11:00 am – 1:00 pm Meeting

Global Meeting of In-house Counsel Pro Bono Professionals

This meeting is open only to those coordinating and working on pro bono within a company.

Join other in-house legal professionals, where we will discuss common challenges facing in-house pro bono, showcase successful pro bono partnerships, learn from other jurisdictions, and network with in-house colleagues.

2:30 pm – 4:30 pm Meeting

Joint Meeting of Pro Bono Clearinghouse Professionals, In-house Counsel, and Law Firm Pro Bono Professionals

This meeting is open only to pro bono staff working at law firms, companies, or clearinghouses and other pro bono initiatives.

Join other pro bono clearinghouse professionals, law firm pro bono professionals, and in-house counsel pro bono professionals for a joint meeting to network with each other, discuss the pro bono landscape in Ireland, and exchange good practices and lessons learned about advancing partnerships through breakout groups and engaging presentations.

6:00 pm – 8:00pm

Global Forum Welcome Reception

Open to all Forum participants

Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin, College Green Dublin 2, Ireland

Sponsored by

 

 

October 18, 2022
8:15 am

Check in

9:00 am

Welcome to the 2022 Global Forum

This session will also be available to virtual participants.

  • Julia Mayerhofer, PILnet
  • Andrej Nosko, PILnet
  • Eithne Lynch, A&L Goodbody
Goldsmith Hall 1, 2, 3
9:15 am

Keynote Speech

This session will also be available to virtual participants.

From Maeve O’Rourke

Sponsored by

Maeve O’Rourke, Assistant Professor of Human Rights at the University of Galway, legal adviser to the Justice for Magdalenes Research group and winner of the PILnet Local Pro Bono Impact Award in 2018, shares her thoughts on the challenges, opportunities and rewards of movement lawyering.

DETAILS
Goldsmith Hall 1, 2, 3
9:45 am

Can Big Law Help the Environment?

This session will also be available to virtual participants.

Explore the opportunities, controversies and challenges confronting law firms seeking to address climate change.

  • Seth Kerschner, White & Case
  • Gabriela Christian-Hare, Australia Pro Bono Centre

Sponsored by

How can Big Law help the environment? Seth Kerschner, partner at White & Case, in conversation with Gabriela Christian-Hare, CEO of the Australia Pro Bono Centre, will attempt to answer this question. Together, they will explore the opportunities, controversies and challenges confronting law firms seeking to address climate change, including law firm sustainability programs, pro bono legal work, and conflicts of interest, as well as specific examples to illustrate Big Law’s involvement in tackling the climate crisis.

DETAILS
Goldsmith Hall 1, 2, 3
10:30 am

Coffee Break

11:00 am

Correcting the Power Imbalance: Equitable Partnerships in Pro Bono and Beyond

This session will also be available to virtual participants.

StARS (Egypt) and Asylum Access explore how pro bono partnerships can be formulated with equity at their core.

  • Ibrahim Abou Senna, St. Andrew’s Refugee Services
  • Sana Mustafa, Asylum Access
  • Deepa Nambiar, Asylum Access

Moderated by Jasmine Simperingham, PILnet

Drawing from successful social justice movements led by affected communities, the session will share lessons in building partnerships with refugee communities and their allies that center their leadership and experience. Participants will be provided with tools to reflect and improve on their own pro bono partnership practices with affected communities towards greater equity, sustainability and impact.

DETAILS
Goldsmith Hall 1, 2, 3
12:30 pm

Lunch

1:30 pm

Inspiring the Next Generation: Collaborations Between Law Schools and NGOs

This session will explore mutually beneficiary collaborations between law schools and NGOs.

  • Linde Bryk, Faculty of Law, University of Amsterdam
  • Francisco Maia Cerqueira, Pro Bono Portugal
  • Jeanne Sulzer, Amnesty International France

Moderated by Kerry McLean, Columbia Law School

This session will explore collaborations between law schools and NGOs, specifically how students in law school clinics, students doing summer internships. and graduates with fellowship funding can support the work of organizations anywhere in the world, while the students and graduates also acquire valuable experience.  The session will share examples of impactful work that students and graduates have done, explain about internship and fellowship funding, and also address issues such as cultural competency and ethics.

DETAILS
Goldsmith Hall 1
1:30 pm

Part I: How & Why the ESG Agenda is Reshaping the Business World

This session will also be available to virtual participants.

An interview with JP Douglas-Henry, Managing Director, Sustainability & Resilience, DLA Piper, on the ESG macro trends reshaping the business world.

  • JP Douglas-Henry, DLA Piper
  • Jacquelyn MacLennan, White & Case

In an initial interview, JP Douglas-Henry, Managing Director, Sustainability & Resilience, DLA Piper, will be interviewed by Jacquelyn MacLennan, White & Case Partner and Global Pro Bono Practice Leader, on the ESG macro trends reshaping the business world and how these trends create threats and opportunities in the legal sector. How does the concept of creating shared value and changing expectations about the role of business within society shape operations of the business and especially law firms?

DETAILS
Goldsmith Hall 2, 3
2:00 pm

Part II: How Will ESG Change the Way Law Firms Engage with Society?

This session will also be available to virtual participants.

This panel conversation will explore how these macro trends have and will continue to impact public interest work.

  • Nicolas Patrick, DLA Piper
  • Kerry Stares, Charles Russell Speechlys
  • Jacquelyn MacLennan, White & Case

Following up on the high-level interview, a panel conversation between three partners who lead their firms’ respective pro bono practices will explore how these macro trends we are witnessing around the world have and will continue to impact pro bono, skilled volunteering, corporate social responsibility and public interest work more broadly. The conversation will probe different ways that law firms engage with society and how it may be impacted by ESG.

DETAILS
Goldsmith Hall 2, 3
2:30 pm

Coffee Break

3:00 pm

Child Justice: Best Practices for Pro Bono Lawyering

This session will also be available to virtual participants.

Discussion on what has worked for effective pro bono lawyering in favor of children’s rights.

  • Alexandra Columban, Equality and Human Rights Action Centre
  • Szilvia Gyurko, Hintalovon Foundation
  • Joanna Khatib, Dentons
  • Elisa Pothee, Alliance of Lawyers for Human Rights

Moderated by Giulia Patane, PILnet

What are the key ingredients for effective pro bono lawyering in favor of children’s rights? What good practices can be shared by NGOs, law firms and clearinghouses for the development of pro bono initiatives? How can we meaningfully include children in this conversation? This session is framed to answer these questions by showcasing the process of creation of the CLEAR-Rights European and Romanian Child Justice Clearinghouse and other models of pro bono partnerships in the field of child justice.

Sponsored by:

CLEAR-Rights is co-funded by the Justice Programme of the European Union (2014-2020)

 

 

DETAILS
Goldsmith Hall 1
3:00 pm

Every Stakeholder at the Table: Pro Bono Impact in Latin America

This session will also be available to virtual participants.

Panelists will share examples of successful multi-stakeholder partnerships.

  • Delfi Balestra, Red Federal Pro Bono
  • Ivette Montero Rodrigues, Centro Mexicano Pro Bono
  • Flavia Oliveira, Mattos Filho
  • Bianca Waks, Mattos Filho

Moderated by Jorge Escobedo, NYC Bar Association

The complex matrixes of multi-stakeholder pro bono engagement throughout Latin America have proven to be extremely effective in finding legal solutions to a broad range of human rights issues, including: the preservation of democratic institutions, criminal justice, immigration, gender-based violence, sexual education/freedom of speech, and indigenous rights. Panelists will share examples of successful partnerships in these areas.

DETAILS
Goldsmith Hall 2
3:00 pm

Part III: Discussion of Practical Opportunities and Challenges of ESG Impact on Pro Bono Practice

Join this open discussion on how ESG is impacting the pro bono at law firms.

  • Sophie Orr, White & Case
  • Nicolas Patrick, DLA Piper
  • Kerry Stares, Charles Russell Speechlys

Continuing the conversation from the “How Will ESG Change the Way Law Firms Engage with Society?” sessionthe objective of this roundtable is to discuss, from a practical perspective, the different views on how (if so) ESG is impacting the pro bono practices at law firms, the challenges faced and lessons learnt on experiences so far, which would no doubt be beneficial for both those experienced in the audience, and those less familiar with ESG.

DETAILS
Goldsmith Hall 3
4:30 pm

Coffee Break

5:00 pm

The Role of Lawyers in Post-Conflict Peacebuilding

Discuss with the panel the journey to peace in Northern Ireland.

  • Colin Harvey, School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Esther McGuinness, School of Law, Ulster University
  • Gemma McKeown, The Committee on the Administration of Justice

Moderated by Maria McLoskey, Public Interest Litigation Support Northern Ireland

The role for lawyers in post-conflict peacebuilding panel discussion will explore the journey to peace in Northern Ireland; the legal frameworks underpinning its security; and the role of law and society in safeguarding its fragility.

DETAILS
Goldsmith Hall 1
5:00 pm

Legal Aid & Access to Justice for Refugees & Hosts in Uganda

This session will also be available to virtual participants.

Learn about the work of Refugee Law Project in providing legal aid to Forced Migrants In Uganda.

  • Susan Alupo, Refugee Law Project
  • Devota Nuwe, Refugee Law Project

This session will focus on showcasing the work of Refugee Law Project in providing legal aid to Forced Migrants In Uganda. Panelists will also focus on how strategic litigation has been used to seek redress on issues affecting refugees in Uganda. Join us to learn about best practices on what interventions have enabled the most indigent to access justice amidst other existing challenges of migration.

DETAILS
Goldsmith Hall 2
5:00 pm

Showcasing Cross Border Collaborations & Sustainable Partnerships

Showcase of three projects that successfully worked across borders and built sustainable partnerships.

  • Katie Campbell, Reprieve U.K.
  • James Douglas, Irish Rule of Law International
  • Rhian Lewis, Hogan Lovells
  • Olivia Loxley, Linklaters
  • Diep N. Vuong, Pacific Links Foundation

Moderated by Laura Tuell, Jones Day

How can pro bono initiatives/projects tackle cross-border injustice and bring sustainable impacts? This session will show three outstanding pro bono projects led by law firms and NGOs and discuss 1) key ingredients and lessons learned in cross-border pro bono collaboration; 2) how to encourage and maintain sustainable partnerships between law firms, NGOs and/or other stakeholders; and 3) how to make pro bono collaboration more effective and influential (for example, through impact assessment, technology innovation, etc.)

DETAILS
Goldsmith Hall 3

7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

PILnet Global Awards Dinner

Learn more about the PILnet Global Awards.

Guinness Storehouse, St. James’s Gate, Dublin 8, Ireland

Sponsored by

October 19, 2022
8:30 am

Check in

9:00 am

Morning Plenary

This session will also be available to virtual participants

How the global legal community can support refugees and others affected by crisis and beyond.

  • Awmaima Amrayaf, DLA Piper
  • Pavlo Bogachenko, Kinstellar
  • Zahra Haidari
  • Negina Nayab Basiq
  • Nicolas Patrick, DLA Piper
  • Gillian Triggs, UNHCR

Moderated by Julia Mayerhofer, PILnet

The morning plenary will be split into two parts with the overall theme of how the global legal community can support refugees and others affected by crisis and beyond. The first part will feature two spark talks highlighting the importance of the legal community in crisis response but also showcasing how law firms can take more proactive steps in achieving greater diversity among pro bono professionals. The second part will be a fireside chat with two Afghan judges and a Ukrainian lawyer who will share their personal stories as we will try to learn what we, as a legal community, can do better to support refugees and others affected by the crisis and beyond.

  • Spark Talk with Gillian Triggs, Assistant High Commissioner for Protection UNHCR, on how the legal community can further support refugees and advance their rights globally.
  • Spark Talk with Awmaima Amrayaf, Pro Bono Legal Officer at DLA Piper, about diversity in pro bono.
  • Fireside Chat with Negina Nayab Basiq and Zahra Haidari, Afghan judges, and Pavlo Bogachenko, Ukrainian lawyer at Kinstellar, about how the pro bono community can support refugees.
DETAILS
Goldsmith Hall 1, 2, 3
10:45 am

Project Spotlight

This session will also be available to virtual participants

Hear about the new Global Nonprofits Guide, an example of a multi-jurisdictional pro bono collaboration from more than a dozen firms and the application of law with the help of technology.

  • Ozgur Kahale, DLA Piper
  • Ivana Rosenzweigova, ECNL
  • Toby Greenfield, PILnet

Presentation of a new innovative tool from DLA Piper, ECNL and PILnet for CSOs and activists around the world – Global Nonprofits Guide. This project aims to strengthen the resilience and autonomy of nonprofit organizations by providing an easily accessible and user-friendly platform on non-profit registration around the world. It is a resource for organizations wanting to move their operations or open new branches in another country, or for individuals wishing to set up a nonprofit organization. The project showcases a multi-jurisdictional pro bono collaboration from more than dozen firms and the application of law with the help of technology.

DETAILS
Goldsmith Hall 1, 2, 3
11:00 am

Coffee Break

11:30 am

Harnessing Tech to Support & Enhance Pro Bono

This session will help clearinghouses understand, identify and segment different areas of operations and service-delivery that can be supported by technology.

  • Giovanni Carotenuto, Pro Bono Italia
  • Jen Cheshire, LawWorks
  • Kate Fazio, Justice Connect

Conversations about technology’s potential to enable pro bono often start and end at big opportunities without providing concrete examples or tools for organizations to use to progress their technology adoption journey. 

Three clearinghouses with experience in digital transformation will lead this session, providing a framework to support clearinghouses to understand, identify and segment different areas of operations and service-delivery that can be supported by technology. The session will zoom in on two areas with major potential for technology impact: outreach/intake and pro bono matching. Participants will also have an opportunity to ask session presenters for their reflections on their organizations’ digital transformation journey.

DETAILS
Goldsmith Hall 1
11:30 am

Workshop: Pro Bono Lawyering at the Intersection of Culture & Crisis

This session will also be available to virtual participants.

This interactive workshop will give participants a hands-on introduction to effectively engaging such clients from cultures different from their own.

  • Yvonne Kezia D. Nafi, University Indonesia, Faculty of Law
  • Karen Navera, Voice of the Free
  • Vivi Octavia, Justice without Borders
  • Charmaine Yap, Drew & Napier

Moderated by Douglas MacLean, Justice without Borders

With migration ramping back up after Covid-19, pro bono lawyers will increasingly encounter survivors of trauma from a broader range of cultural backgrounds. This session will give participants a hands-on introduction to effectively engaging such clients from cultures different from their own. Using a case exercise drawn from real life, the session will explore a survivor/lawyer relationship spanning two cultures to draw strategies that are portable to other places, people and backgrounds.

DETAILS
Goldsmith Hall 2
11:30 am

Refugee Rights Pro Bono: Lessons Learnt and Looking Ahead

This roundtable will critically examine how pro bono lawyers, refugees and their allies can best allocate resources to increase access to legal assistance for refugees.

  • Amer Alkayad, Global Refugee Led Network
  • Olivia Clark, DLA Piper
  • John Dautzenberg, JPD Global Advisors
  • Claire-Marie Fourel, Ashurst
  • Fabi Fugazza, Coalizione Italiana per le Libertà e i Diritti civili
  • Marieanne McKeown, KIND
  • Rebecca Naylor, Reed Smith
  • Patrick Radzimierski, Dentons
  • Phil Worthington, European Lawyers in Lesvos

Moderated by Amy Grunske, Orrick and Jennifer Callaghan, Allen & Overy

How can pro bono lawyers best collaborate and allocate resources to increase access to legal assistance for refugees and others in need of resettlement or complementary legal pathways to protection? Drawing on lessons from recent crises, including Afghanistan and Ukraine, this roundtable will critically examine how pro bono lawyers, in collaboration with refugees and their allies, can best contribute during times of crises, in a way that empowers refugees to retain their agency.

DETAILS
Goldsmith Hall 3
1:00 pm

Lunch

2:00 pm

Law Firm Anti-Racism Alliance: A New Model to Address a Substantial Social Justice Issue

Learn about the Law Firm Anti-Racism Alliance work and how similar alliances could tackle racism in other geographies.

  • Brenna Devaney, Skadden
  • Ben Weinberg, Dentons

This session will discuss the LFAA, an alliance of more than 300 law firms working to help dismantle systemic racism in the law. LFAA focuses on three pillars of work: (1) education/convening; (2) creation and growth of infrastructure supporting racial justice pro bono work; and (3) research into substantive areas of law regarding systemic racism. LFAA has created and is maintaining a community of lawyers and professionals who share a commitment to antiracism. The session will invite participants to think of LFAA as a case study for building similar alliances to tackle racism in other geographies or to take on other systemic injustices.

DETAILS
Goldsmith Hall 1
2:00 pm

Financial Risks Confronting Civil Society: How Corporate Legal Expertise Can Catalyze Change

This session will also be available to virtual participants.

The session discusses current challenges CSOs face and opportunities available for a law firm’s pro bono practice to ensure the financial inclusion of civil society organizations.

  • Rene Kathwala, Orrick
  • Thalia Malmberg, Human Security Collective

Moderated by Andrej Nosko, PILnet

Regulatory limitations implemented by banks affecting civil society, de-risking, is one of many threats to today’s CSOs. Limitations are usually applied based on anti-money laundering and anti-terrorism financing regulations; however, this risk-averse and discriminatory practice often leaves CSOs with restricted or no access to financial institutions. The session discusses current challenges CSOs face and opportunities available for a law firm’s pro bono practice to ensure the financial inclusion of civil society organizations.

DETAILS
Goldsmith Hall 2
2:00 pm

Lessons in Litigating to Decriminalize Poverty & Status in Africa

  • Chikondi Chijozi, Southern Africa Litigation Centre
  • Adrian Jjuuko, Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum
  • Jebra Kambole, Organisation for Promoting Human Rights
  • Rommy Mom, Lawyers Alert

Moderated by Anneke Meerkotter, Southern Africa Litigation Centre

In less than a decade, public interest lawyers from across Africa have worked tirelessly with activists, researchers and paralegals to build a body of evidence on the oppressive nature of some criminal offences, which blatantly discriminate against people based on poverty, sexual orientation, disability, or other status. The panelists are part of the Global Campaign to Decriminalise Poverty and Status and lead litigation and advocacy to decriminalise poverty and status in their countries and in regional fora.

DETAILS
Goldsmith Hall 3
3:30 pm

Coffee Break

4:00 pm

The Global Digital Rights and Data Protection Landscape

A roundtable discussion on engaging in cross-border collaborations to ensure privacy rights are to be protected in the digital world.

  • Mweshi Banda-Mutuna, Mweshi Banda & Associates
  • Andrés Fernández De Castro Muñoz, Gómez-Pinzón Abogados
  • Shem Otanga, Cliff Dekker Hofmeyr

Moderated by Adriano Mancinelli, Thomson Reuters Foundation

Cross-border data protection issues including international data, cloud storage and cross-border agreements call for a holistic understanding from lawyers and privacy practitioners, if privacy rights are to be protected in the digital world. With more countries adopting data protection mechanisms, it has become necessary not only to build expertise in data protection but also engage in cross-border collaborations to ensure human rights compliance and business continuity.

DETAILS
Goldsmith Hall 1
4:00 pm

The Road to Reproductive Freedom: Lessons from Ireland for the World

This session will also be available to virtual participants.

This session will look at the strategies, techniques and stories used to inspire action that led to changing the future of reproductive health rights in Ireland.

  • Orla O’Connor, National Women’s Council of Ireland
  • Ailbhe Smyth, Together for Yes

Moderated by Deirdre Duffy, Together for Yes

On 25 May 2018, Ireland voted by an overwhelming majority to overturn the constitutional ban on abortion. It was the culmination of a massive campaign that mobilised huge numbers of Irish people to give, canvass, campaign and vote for radical change. This session will look at the strategies, techniques and stories that Together for Yes – the civil society campaign for a Yes vote in the referendum – used to inspire thousands of people to get involved, vote and ultimately change the future of reproductive health rights in Ireland.

DETAILS
Goldsmith Hall 2
4:00 pm

How Whistleblowers Can be Protected to Effectively Raise Concerns in the Public Interest

A workshop on how the Public Interest Law community can support and protect whistleblowers.

  • Lorraine Heffernan, Transparency Legal Advice Centre
  • Suzanna Knight, Transparency International Ireland
  • Donncha Ó Giobúin, Transparency International Ireland

Moderated by Stephanie Casey, Transparency International Ireland

 

Transparency International Ireland and the Transparency Legal Advice Centre will engage with the Public Interest Law community on the topic of whistleblower protection. Participants will be invited to discuss the challenges faced by whistleblowers, applying their expertise to identify solutions to these challenges. Participants will be invited to examine how the Public Interest Law community can support whistleblowers with the aim of empowering them to safely raise concerns in the public interest and have those concerns addressed.

DETAILS
Goldsmith Hall 3
5:00 pm

Closing Plenary

This will also be available to virtual participants.

  • Julia Mayerhofer
  • Andrej Nosko
DETAILS
Goldsmith Hall 1, 2, 3
5:15 pm

Closing Wine Reception

October 17, 2022
2:00 pm

European Pro Bono Initiative Meeting

This meeting is open to European Pro Bono Initiative members, who are pro bono staff working at law firms and managing their pro bono practices in Continental Europe.

Details on the location and agenda will be shared by Ozgur Kahale of DLA Piper.

October 19, 2022
1:30 pm

Talent Beyond Boundaries: Leveraging the Skills of Displaced People to Secure Their Futures

Find out how employers can sponsor skilled displaced people to migrate to work in safe countries. This session will showcase a new initiative for the legal industry, Talent Beyond Boundaries, focused on offering displaced lawyers and other skilled individuals the ability to travel to safety using work visas.

Join European Director of Talent Beyond Boundaries Marina Brizar in conversation with Olivia Clark, Marion Edge and Gemma Hyslop.

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2:00 pm

Envisioning the Next Global Refugee Forum Legal Community Pledge

Building on other refugee rights sessions at the Forum, this side meeting will bring together Forum participants interested in refugee rights to discuss developments in the legal and refugee response sector since the Global Refugee Forum Legal Community Pledge was signed in December 2019. Participants will learn about the pledging process for the 2023 GRF and collectively revisit the purpose and scope of the Pledge, as well as discuss different options for the coordination, governance and sustainability of a future Pledge.

With Amer Alkayed, Global Refugee-Led Network and Ibrahim Abou Senna, StARS

Swift 2
4:00 pm

Justice Connect Pro Bono Portal

An opportunity for clearinghouses and firms to learn more about the free platform, the Pro Bono Portal, exchange with the clearinghouses that are already using the Portal, and understand the next steps if considering adopting the Portal in their jurisdiction.

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