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Take part in the 20th anniversary of Pro Bono Week


Pro Bono Week will take place this year from 1st to 5th November. In its 20th anniversary year, events and campaigns centred around the week offer a unique opportunity to celebrate and recognise the deep and longstanding commitment of the legal profession across the UK in giving free legal help to those in need.

The 20th anniversary of Pro Bono Week will be a pivotal moment to look ahead to the next twenty years of pro bono whilst also shining a spotlight on some of the key moments and cases from the past two decades. This look to the future will also coincide with the focus on climate change taking place in November with the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow.

Pro bono is vital to making sure that everyone has access to justice, but it is also a key tool in professional development and wellbeing for lawyers, as well as playing a role in staff recruitment and retention.

Chambers are encouraged to start planning how to use Pro Bono Week 2021 to celebrate and promote pro bono, whether through private or public events, or through internal or wider communications.

It’s easy to get involved:

  • Submit a standout pro bono case or story from the last 20 years to be featured during the week > com/pbw20stories
  • Share case studies & stories of individuals or organisations your barristers have helped on a pro bono basis on your website or social media;
  • Celebrate your pro bono partners > spotlight those you work with and the impact of pro bono work at an event
  • Use our "I Do Pro Bono" poster to get barristers and staff members to take selfies for your social media channels explaining why they do pro bono;
  • Launch a new pro bono initiative with a press release and event;
  • Circulate the Pro Bono Week event list around chambers, as well as a link to the Pro Bono Week Volunteering page;
  • Nominate barristers for this year’s Bar Pro Bono Awards by 12th September;
  • Join the Pro Bono Connect scheme, bringing firms and chambers together to work on pro bono cases;
  • Join the Great Legal Bake and help us celebrate our birthday with a 20th birthday cake, 20 candles, and fundraising for a pro bono charity;
  • Appoint a Pro Bono Champion to help you liaise with Advocate;
  • Host a Pro Bono Fair or lunchtime drop-in within chambers and get new barristers to sign up to do pro bono;
  • Conduct a survey on pro bono work and publish the results in Pro Bono Week;
  • Circulate a note reminding barristers and clerks of the importance of recording pro bono time, and claiming pro bono costs.

Resources and updates are available on the Pro Bono Week website, where you can also find plenty of event ideas and tips.

Plan your event now and get it added to the national calendar online by emailing mary@probonoweek.org.uk.

If you want tips on a specific event you would like to host, or details on campaigns you can join, get in touch via the above email and we would be happy to advise.

For the latest updates make sure you follow Pro Bono Week on Twitter and LinkedIn.


Posted: 10/08/2021 at 10:20
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