Published February 2017
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.
Clearing houses across the region are putting high-impact projects at the top of their agenda because they can bring about systemic change. Rosie Cresswell asks how law firms can maximise the results of their pro bono projects
The results of Latin Lawyer and the Vance Center’s annual pro bono survey suggest a reduction in partner participation in pro bono work, but is there a bigger story behind the numbers?
Latin Lawyer and the Vance Center have been producing a survey on pro bono work in Latin America since 2011, through which we endeavour to track law firms’ implementation of institutional policies that will create an environment where all lawyers do pro bono work.
The findings of our fifth joint pro bono survey provide plenty of reasons to feel positive. Pro bono appears to have turned a corner in Latin America thanks to an ever strengthening infrastructure and the greater willingness of more firms to take part. While the survey results might not show a significant uptick year on year, law firms are nevertheless making great strides in the implementation of policies needed to make pro bono more commonplace. Of course, there are challenges to overcome, such as engaging more partners in pro bono cases. However, the latest focus on high-impact cases could help achieve that, alongside producing a dramatic increase in the value of pro bono work. Rosie Cresswell reports
Here we celebrate 55 “Leading Lights”: law firms making a noteworthy contribution to strengthening Latin America’s pro bono culture