Published March 2013
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.
Welcome to Latin Lawyer and the Cyrus R Vance Center for International Justice’s second joint pro bono survey.
It is almost six years to the day since the Pro Bono Declaration for the Americas was launched to promote access to justice and enable lawyers around the Americas to commit at least 20 hours per year to the provision of free legal services and substantial progress has been made since, but what are the realities among Latin American firms? Marieke Breijer investigates
Barriers, opportunities, attitudes and organisation levels vary between legal markets, and many countries are going through hugely important, yet very different, stages of the evolution towards having a mature pro bono system. Clearinghouse leaders and lawyers known for their commitment to pro bono share their stories with Marieke Breijer
While advancements are made year on year, the biggest challenge for those committed to pro bono is to keep the flame alive. Marieke Breijer asks how to build enthusiasm and ensure the practice of pro bono does not get overlooked
As last year, we have selected 50 Leading Lights from our survey respondents, celebrating law firms whose efforts towards pro bono during 2012 stood out. The list consists of firms that we feel deserve to be put in the spotlight thanks to their contribution to the development of a pro bono culture in Latin America