Published March 2011
Law firm partners know that pro bono is key to improving access to justice, but developing a strong practice can be a challenge. Every year, Latin Lawyer partners with the Cyrus R Vance Center for International Justice to conduct a survey to measure the progress of this development across the region’s legal markets, share best practices and celebrate the achievements of the practitioners leading the way.
Institutionalisation of pro bono in Latin America, though still in infancy, is slowly making headway. But next to firms' efforts, corporate legal departments are still lagging behind. Here Marieke Breijer talks to Carolina Cabrera, pro bono coordinator for HP, about the necessity of their involvement
Every year since 2007, Latin Lawyer has dedicated a cover story to pro bono in recognition of the law firms that are stepping up to provide free legal services to those in need and to highlight the challenges that prevent pro bono from developing in Latin America as fast as one would like.
Ever wondered why in-house lawyers do less pro bono than their counterparts in law firms? Varlín Vissepó, corporate legal counsel of software company Diebold's Latin America division, considers the barriers and explains how he overcame them
Clearinghouses are a key piece in the pro bono puzzle, linking lawyers with those in need of free legal assistance. Like any organisation they need funding, but securing regular cash injections is easier said than done. Emiliano Mellino and Rosie Cresswell look at the challenges these organisations face when trying to source financing and what is being done to overcome them