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Pro Bono Organisations

Access Pro Bono Society of British Columbia (Canada)

Access Pro Bono was incorporated in February 2010 to carry on the work of the Western Canada Society to Access Justice and Pro Bono Law of BC, which formally merged as of April 1, 2010. Access Pro Bono carries on the services and programs formerly offered by the two organizations

Appleseed (USA-based)

A non-profit network of 16 public interest justice centers in the U.S. and Mexico, Appleseed is dedicated to building a society where opportunities are genuine, access to the law is universal and equal, and government advances the public interest.

Advocates for International Development (A4ID) (UK-based)

A4ID facilitates free legal assistance to civil society, developing country governments, social enterprise and bar associations to help achieve the UN MDGs.

Beijing University Women's Legal Aid Center (China, English language)

The first of its kind in China, the Center is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that is devoted to providing legal aid and studies of women's rights.

Comisión Pro Bono del Colegio de Abogados de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires (Argentina, Spanish language)

The Comisión Pro Bonois a network of leading law firms and lawyers in Buenos Aires that are committed to taking on public interest cases on a pro bono basis. It builds relationships with many NGOs that have public interest objectives, and offers them free legal assistance. The Comisión's main objective is to help build a strong pro bono culture among Argentine lawyers through the practice of legal work and trial representation in public interest matters.

Conectas Instituto Pro Bono (Brazil, English language)

Conectas seeks to promote the respect for human rights and contribute to the consolidation of the Rule of Law in the Global South (Africa, Asia, and Latin America).

Corporate Pro Bono (USA-based)

Corporate Pro Bono is not just for pro bono volunteers.They also help public-interest organizations and law firms reach corporate lawyers by enabling them to advertise events, post projects, and keep up to date with the latest news and resources.

Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice

The Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice provides support to lawyers around the globe who engage in activities that expand access to justice, ensure a fair and equitable judicial system, develop public policies that address social needs, and create public confidence in the legal profession.

Due Process of Law Foundation (USA-based, English and Spanish languages)

The Due Process of Law Foundation (DPLF) is the only private non-profit organization based in the United States that promotes the reform and modernization of Latin America's national justice systems to ensure that the rule of law and respect for human rights are the hallmarks of justice systems throughout the Americas.

Equal Justice Works

The mission of Equal Justice Works is to create a just society by mobilizing the next generation of lawyers committed to equal justice.

They provide leadership to ensure a sustainable pipeline of talented and trained lawyers involved in public service. Equal Justice Works provides a continuum of programs that begin with incoming law school students and extend into later careers in the profession.

Free Representation Unit (UK-based)

The Free Representation Unit (FRU) is a registered charity that provides legal advice, case preparation and advocacy in tribunal cases for those who could not otherwise obtain legal support, for want of personal means or public funding. They also train volunteer law students and legal professionals in the early stages of their career in the skills required to give confident and competent support for the rights of others.

International Bridges to Justice (Switzerland)

International Bridges to Justice is an independent, non-profit and non-governmental organization founded in 2000 that strives to protect due process and achieve fair trials for the accused throughout the world.

International Senior Lawyers Project (USA-based)

Through the pro bono work of retired and active practitioners, working independently and in law firms, ISLP helps governments and citizens develop and implement legal reforms, assists programs that advance the social and economic well-being of people in developing countries, and builds the capacity of local organizations and professionals to meet the needs of their communities.

Lex Mundi (USA-based)

The Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation calls upon Lex Mundi's unique global network of 160 top tier business law firms to provide legal assistance to "social entrepreneurs" on a pro bono basis.

Law Works (UK)

Law Works are the main pro bono charity in the UK working with law firms to involve their lawyers in pro bono work and also serving individuals and community groups that need free legal advice.

Mississippi Centre for Justice (USA)

The Mississippi Center for Justice (MCJ)is a nonprofit, public interest law firm committed to advancing racial and economic justice. Its founding responded to an urgent need to re-establish in-state advocacy on behalf of low-income people and communities of color.

National Pro Bono Resource Centre (Australia)

The National Pro Bono Resource Centre is an independent, non profit organisation that aims to encourage pro bono legal services.

New Perimeter (USA-based)

An affiliate to DLA Piper, lawyers from the firm's offices throughout the globe offer legal support for projects of global concern, including health care, hunger, housing, economic development, law reform and human rights.

Pro Bono Law Alberta (Canada)

Pro Bono Law Alberta (PBLA) is a charitable organization that promotes access to justice in Alberta by creating and promoting opportunities for lawyers to provide pro bono (free) legal services to persons of limited means.

Pro Bono Centrum (Poland, English language)

Pro Bono Centrum operates as an interface between NGOs and law firms in Poland.

Pro Bono Institute (USA-based)

Established in 1996, the Pro Bono Institute is a small non-profit organization housed at the Georgetown University Law Center that provides research, consultative services, analysis and assessment, publications, and training to a broad range of legal audiences.

Pro Bono Law Ontario (Canada)

Pro Bono Law Ontario (PBLO) is a charitable organization that promotes access to justice in Ontario by creating and promoting opportunities for lawyers to provide pro bono (free) legal services to persons of limited means.

Pro Bono Partnership (USA)

The Pro Bono Partnership is the leading provider of free business legal services, educational workshops and other legal resources to nonprofit community-based organizations located in Fairfield County and greater Hartford, Connecticut; the lower New York Hudson Valley, including Westchester, Orange, Putnam and Rockland Counties; and New Jersey.

Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan (Canada)

Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan (PBLS) is a non-profit corporation that improves access to justice in Saskatchewan by creating, facilitating, and promoting opportunities for lawyers to provide high-quality pro bono (free) legal services to persons of limited means.

Pro Bono Project (California-based)

The Pro Bono Project provides quality, caring representation to clients with limited means. Our volunteer attorneys make the courts and the protection of the laws accessible to the most vulnerable members of the community in California.

Pro Bono Project (Czech Republic)

Pro bono project aims to enhance accessibility of legal aid for disadvantaged social groups and legal capacity for protection of human rights and other issues of public interest.

PILnet: The Global Network for Public Interest Law (USA-based)

A joint project of the Chicago Bar Foundation and the PILnet, this is a pro bono resource for establishing or enhancing a law firm or corporate pro bono program in Illinois.

PILnet: The Global Network for Public Interest Law (Hungary)

PILnet: The Global Network for Public Interest Law (PILnet) is an international NGO that advances human rights around the world by stimulating public interest advocacy and developing the institutions necessary to sustain it.

Public Interest Law Clearing House (Australia)

PILCH is an independent not-for-profit legal referral service which acts as a facilitator for the community to access pro bono legal assistance from the private legal profession.

The Attorney General's International Pro Bono Advisory Group (Australia)

It was established in July 2009 to promote international pro bono work by Australia's legal profession, build effective partnerships in overseas legal capacity building and access to justice work, and identify linkages with the Government's international development assistance programs.

Vancenet (USA)

Created by the Cyrus R. Vance Centre for International Justice, VanceNet is a web-facilitated network of lawyers, scholars and advocates working to enhance access to justice and public interest law in their countries and regions.

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