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Read the IBA Pro Bono Committee Newsletter, May 2017


Past IBA Pro Bono Committee Newsletters - November 2016May 2016September 2015; May 2015October 2014

From the files Friday 

A regular feature highlighting a roundup of topical pro bono content from the Pro Bono Committee’s archives. For the month of November, we focus on health and legal matters. IBA Law Student representative Emily Wright examines how pro bono lawyers have helped people who are ill or injured in enforcing legal protections.

  • Moses Mulumba form the Center for Health, Human Rights and Development writes about the potential for pro bono legal services in the health sector in Uganda. His article notes that public health laws in various African countries provide for public health, but very often fail to be upheld in practice. Mulumba identifies way for pro bono lawyers to champion the implementation of these laws and to hold the state accountable for violations of health rights (article).
  • In the United Kingdom, pro bono lawyers from firm Russell-Jones & Walker challenged the Equality and Human Rights Commission to provide legal clarity on issues related to mental health discrimination. The implications of disclosing a mental-health related illness on career prospects were investigated as a human rights matter and recalled the importance of parity between mental and physical illness (article).
  • In South Africa, law firm Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs summarized its engagement in pro bono cases for negligence claims, drawing attention to the high costs involved in recovering from an accident. The article highlights the skill of pro bono lawyers in recovering losses and winning compensation for clients who are in a very vulnerable position as a result of their accident.
Latest Articles:

Refugee crisis accounts for huge spike in pro bono legal activity

The emergence of a highly active pro bono sector is among the most notable – and edifying – developments in legal practice over the last two decades. Increasing numbers of commercial lawyers, it appears, are seeking ways to apply their skills to the provision of life-changing support for those most in need. Within the last year, the international refugee crisis has provided significant additional impetus for pro bono work.

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IBA Pro Bono Committee Chair featured in Who's Who Legal's Article, 'Pro Bono - The Inside Story'.

On 2 December 2013, New York Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman announced that out-of-state lawyers employed as in-house counsel in New York would be able to provide pro bono legal services. This follows similar moves in Illinois, Virginia and Colorado. According to Lippman, only 20 per cent of the civil legal needs of New York's low-income residents were met in 2012 and the state hopes this development will help fill the gap.

Corporate pro bono is on the rise throughout the world and the timing could not be better - the difficult economic climate and legal aid cuts have led to a dramatically increased demand for free legal services from underprivileged sections of society. Recent developments throughout the world have helped to break down some of the barriers formerly hindering in-house counsel's involvement and have unleashed a section of the legal profession which was previously dormant. In this special feature, Who's Who Legal delves into the corporate world to find out the inside story of pro bono.

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