Articles, Papers and Speeches
Below are the articles, papers and speeches given by the National Pro Bono Resource Centre and its staff.
Papers presented at Conferences hosted by the Centre can be found here.
Occasional Paper #1:
What is Social Justice
The Role for International Pro Bono Work by Lawyers in Addressing the Social Impact of the Global Financial Crisis
- August 2013 (PDF 300KB)
Chapter by John Corker in Poverty, Justice and the Rule of Law: the Report of the Second Phase of the International Bar Association Presidential Taskforce on the Global Financial Crisis, edited by Peter D Maynard and Neil Gold.
Pro Bono Partnerships - The State of Pro Bono Service Delivery in Australia
- 13 May 2013 (PDF 45KB)
Speech by John Corker as part of National Law Week at Banco Court, Supreme Court of Queensland, Brisbane on 13 May 2013.
Take Care in Pushing Student Pro Bono
- 26 April 2013
Article by Professor Michael Legg and John Corker published in The Australian 26 April 2013
Government Lawyers and Pro Bono Legal Work
- July 2012 (PDF 215KB)
A paper that explores the reasons for the slow uptake of pro bono by government lawyers and suggests actions that government agencies, departments and authorities, and individual lawyers within them, can take to play a greater part in the professional society of pro bono lawyers in Australia. Presented at the Public Sector In-House Counsel Conference 2012 in Canberra.
Alternative Dispute Resolution - Assisting People Experiencing Disadvantage: Final Paper
- June 2012 (PDF 1.45MB)
A final paper exploring the role that pro bono lawyers might play to assist in the ADR process, drawing on submissions received in response to the release of a discussion paper in October 2011 (see below).
Now is the time for in-house lawyers to get involved
- 31 May 2012 (PDF 101KB)
Speech by John Corker at "A New Chapter for Pro Bono In Victoria," an event hosted by the Centre and PILCH (VIC) at DLA Piper's Melbourne office on 31 May 2012
Occasional Paper #1: What is Social Justice
- October 2011 (PDF 1.54MB)
The first in an occasional series, this paper explores definitions of 'social justice' and seeks to provide an overview of the historical development of the concept and identify the themes which are emphasised by different views on what social justice means.
Alternative Dispute Resolution and the Possible Role of Pro Bono Lawyers: Discussion Paper
- October 2011 (PDF 814KB)
A discussion paper exploring the role that pro bono lawyers might play to assist in the ADR process, as presented by Leanne Ho at the National Association of Community Legal Centres Conference in Hobart, October 2011.
Stories of Pro Bono Alleviating Poverty - Anti-Poverty Week 2010
- October 2010 (PDF 125KB)
A set of 12 stories demonstrating how pro bono legal services have helped alleviate poverty, to celebrate the launch of Anti-Poverty Week 2010.
Access to Justice - International Pro Bono Legal Assistance
- June 2010 (PDF 164KB)
A paper on the increase in international pro bono legal assistance provided by law firms around the world, as presented by John Corker at the Meeting of Senior Officials of Commonwealth Law Ministries in London, October 2010.
Launch of National Pro Bono PI Insurance Scheme
- June 2009 (PDF 37KB)
Speech by John Corker at the launch of Pro Bono PI Insurance Scheme
Pro Bono at Work: Report on the Pro Bono Legal Work of 25 Large Australian Law Firms
- February 2009 (PDF 102KB)
An article for Legal Ethics on the topic of pro bono work in the Australian legal profession, drawing for the Centre's Report on the Pro Bono Legal Work of 25 Large Australian Law Firms.
Engaging Retiring and Career Break Lawyers in pro bono legal work: Discussion Paper
- February 2009 (PDF 207KB)
Prepared for the purpose of providing background for a series of roundtable discussion forums held in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne in February/March 2009 as part of a research project conducted by the Centre.
Student Experiential Learning in a Social Justice Context
- November 2008 (Word doc)
Speech given by John Corker to a Community Engagement Forum held at Bond University in Nov 2008. This paper is also published in "Community Engagement in Contemporary Legal Education: pro bono, clinical legal education and service-learning," edited by Patrick Keyzer, Amy Kenworthy and Gail Wilson, Halstead Press 2009.
- December 2007 (PDF 492KB)
This is an account of the state of the legal assistance sector in the UK during November 2007 as described by John Corker, Director of the National Pro Bono Resource Centre (15pp with photos).
- December 2007 (PDF 81KB)
Speech by John Corker at the launch of Pro Bono Practices — A Guide to the Pro Bono Practices of NSW’S Largest Law Firms.
- May 2007 (PDF 149KB)
Prepared for a roundtable meeting to discuss the legal needs of older persons convened by the Centre in Sydney on 2 May 2007.
- February 2007 (PDF 153KB)
Address at the opening of the Tasmanian Legal Year by John Corker.
- January 2007 (PDF 161KB)
This is a brochure that was prepared for the National Access to Justice and Pro Bono Conference 2006. It foreshadows a voluntary aspirational pro bono target to start on 1 January 2007.
- September 2006 (PDF 326KB)
This paper identifies barriers to pro bono assisting with litigation, covers such issues as court pro bono referral schemes and litigants in person and suggests ways to move forward with the issues. John Corker, the Centre's director, presented this paper to the 24th Australian Institute of Judicial Administration Conference 2006.
Pro bono referral schemes in Australia: A history of professional association & law frm schemes
- May 2006 (51 pp)
A publication that details the establishment and operation of 10 professional association and law firm pro bono referral schemes in Australia.
- May 2006 (45pp) (PDF 688KB)
An information paper that provides information and ideas to encourage the creation, uptake and expansion of pro bono work across regional, rural and remote (RRR) Australia. In particular, it focuses on providing pro bono legal assistance to disadvantaged communities by working in partnerships with community legal organisations in RRR areas.
- March 2006 (PDF 65KB)
These notes, prepared at the 2006 US Pro Bono Institute (PBI) Annual Seminar held in Washington DC from 2-4 March 2006, outline tips from a law firm, a community organisation and the director of the PBI, Esther Lardent on how to pitch a new pro bono project to a law firm or in-house legal team. Whilst the US pro bono environment is more developed than it is Australia with a range of 'signature projects' that exist there, these basic tips are still highly relevant to the development of new pro bono projects in Australia. Click here for the tips.
- July 2005 (PDF 326KB)
The PBSA program is designed to place law students to do law-related work in a broad range of community organisations that are involved in the delivery of services to the disadvantaged in our community. The Centre established Pro Bono Students Australia (PBSA) in conjunction with the University of Western Sydney based upon the successful Canadian model. This paper, presented at 8th Australian Clinical Legal Education Conference discusses how Clinical Legal Education and pro bono can be complementary concepts within law schools.
- February 2005 (PDF 142KB)
Speech by John Corker at the launch of the best practice pro bono sessions at the Law Society of New South Wales.
- October 2004 (PDF 361 KB)
A resource for governments and government lawyers that addresses barriers to government lawyer pro bono activities and describes initiatives in USA, Canada and England and Wales.
- 22 September 2004 (PDF 64KB)
Paper presented by John Corker at the National Museum of Canberra regarding Australian lawyers, social change and access to justice.
- August 2004 (PDF 292KB)
A resource for law schools and law students that addresses the issues to be faced in establishing pro bono programs at law schools. This paper details all clinical legal education and pro bono programs at each of the 28 Australian law schools as at August 2004.
- November 2003 (PDF 52KB)
A brief article (published in the Law Institute Journal (Vic), November 2003) on ways in which pro bono law reform and community legal education schemes can benefit disadvantaged client groups.
- July 2003 (PDF 60KB)
One of a series of articles in the NSW Law Society Journal (Vol 41 No 6, July 2003) addressing the issue of ‘unbundling’ legal services. Titled "Pro bono opportunity in discrete task assistance", the article from NPBRC advocates discrete task assistance as an essential tool for pro bono and publicly funded lawyers to extend access to justice.
- June 2003 (PDF 260KB)
The growth of pro bono in the last decade has included the development of ‘multi-tiered relationships’ between law firms and pro bono partners in the community, particularly community legal centres. This Paper explains what multi-tiered relationships might involve and demonstrates their operation through a variety of case studies.
- February 2003 (PDF 588KB)
An article describing some aspects of current pro bono practice in Australia, the role of the private and public sectors, the benefit of forging links between pro bono service providers, publicly funded legal service providers and community organisations and the objectives of the National Pro Bono Resource Centre.
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