Published February 2021
As a result of covid-19, the traditional service model for legal advice across all practice areas has had to evolve, pro bono included. The results of Latin Lawyer and the Vance Center’s Pro Bono Survey 2020 reveal how lawyers have adapted to help vulnerable people in today’s digitalised and distressed world.
The latest results from our annual research indicate that despite a year of unique and severe challenges, law firms are as committed as ever to doing pro bono. We report on what firms are doing to push their efforts to the next level.
Necessity is often considered the greatest driver of innovation. As a result of covid-19, the traditional service model for legal advice across all practice areas has had to evolve, pro bono included. Lawyers who work in this field are having to adapt to continue to provide access to justice for vulnerable people in today’s digitalised and distressed world.
Steps towards greater institutionalisation demonstrate law firms are embedding a culture of pro bono among both their lawyers and wider communities. Firms that are serious about delivering access to justice are taking things to the next level, fostering higher levels of accountability within their internal processes to make sure they secure meaningful results. We present some of the key findings from the latest Latin Lawyer–Vance Center Pro Bono Survey.
As clearing house membership reaches an all-time high, the institutions across the region acting as the go-between for law firms and pro bono projects are reinventing themselves, adapting to the times to provide first-class responses to those most in need. They are plugging gaps, as well as making pro bono networks more inclusive.
Here we celebrate “Leading Lights”, the law firms making a noteworthy contribution to strengthening Latin America’s pro bono culture.
Latin Lawyer caught up with partner <strong>Víctor Manuel Frías Garcés</strong> and pro bono co-ordinator <strong>Elba Gutiérrez</strong> from Mexico’s Greenberg Traurig, SC, after the firm won Latin Lawyer’s Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year Award. They spoke to us about how their firm racked up more than 7,000 pro bono hours in three years, and what milestone they want the practice to achieve next.
Latin Lawyer spoke to TozziniFreire Advogados partner <strong>Maria Elisa Gualandi Verri</strong> and pro bono co-ordinator <strong>Clara Pacce Pinto Serva</strong> about the firm’s collaboration with US tech giant Facebook, non-profit group União de Núcleos, Associações dos Moradores de Heliópolis e Região (UNAS) and Brazilian clearing house Instituto Pro Bono on a project providing legal assistance to residents of a favela in São Paulo. The project was the recipient of Latin Lawyer’s Pro Bono Project of the Year Award.