In November, Pro Bono Italia, PILnet, and our partners co-hosted the first Pro Bono Day in Italy at the office of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe in Rome, which coincided with the 27th meeting of the Italian Pro Bono Roundtable.
Italy Pro Bono Day included trainings for NGOs and a panel on best practices in collaboration. Leire Larracoechea San Sebastian, from Fundacion Pro Bono Espana, shared her experience on the mismatch of demand and supply of pro bono in Spain and Marta Vasconcelos Leite, from Pro Bono Portugal, advocated for more collaboration and communication among clearinghouses conversations among clearinghouses to unite and multiply the efforts in growing pro bono culture in Europe.
During the event, the Italian Pro Bono Roundtable held its 27th meeting. The Roundtable was created in the lead up to the 2015 PILnet Global Forum in Rome as a cooperative project between PILnet and Giovanni Carotenuto, now of Pro Bono Italia. The Roundtable creates a new public space where the legal sector can interact and cooperate with Italian NGOs and civil society.
PILnet is honored to have helped establish this roundtable and is proud of the work its members have done to develop the concept of pro bono in the region.