In March, PILnet, BABSEACLE, iProbono, Law Society Pro Bono Services (LSPBS), and the Thomson Reuters Foundation organized the quarterly Asia Regional Pro Bono Roundtable focused on Technology. Over 50 participants, including many from Southeast Asia, join to hear speakers and discuss using technology to train legal professionals, assist beneficiaries, and increase the ability to connect them with each other.
Marlon Manuel from Namati shared their new guide, spearheaded by DLA Piper, which provides legal professionals with best practices for providing legal services remotely. Students from Singapore Management University introduced an innovative online tool to assist Singapore’s migrant worker community in navigating the complex salary dispute claims. Finally, Kate Fazio from Justice Connect presented updates to their online pro bono portal, which has led to a 50% increase in pro bono referrals over the past 12 months.
The planning partners are preparing for the next quarterly roundtable, which will be held in June.