The Joint UK Protocol for Pro Bono Legal Work was developed jointly by the Bar Pro Bono Unit and Law Works. The Protocol ‘sets out core values of pro bono legal work to assist both those who undertake it and their clients’. The protocol was officially launched and signed by major UK pro bono providers and supporters including the Bar Council, the Bar Pro Bono Unit, sets of Chambers, law firms and law schools. To read the protocol, cick here.
American Bar Association Pro Bono Resolution
At the 2006 Annual Meeting, the ABA House of Delegates adopted a resolution which, in part, urges government attorneys to serve their communities through pro bono and public service activities consistent with applicable rules of professional conduct. The resolution encourages government agencies to adopt written pro bono policies and procedures that include a definition of pro bono, sets forth case approval and conflicts checking procedures and addresses use of office resources. Other suggestions include designating a pro bono coordinator or committee, identifying and addressing any regulatory impediments to pro bono participation, and development of recognition programs. To read the entire resolution, please click here.
The Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge is a unique global aspirational pro bono standard. Developed by law firm leaders and corporate general counsel, the Challenge articulates a single, unitary standard for one key segment of the legal profession - the world's largest law firms. Major law firms that become signatories to the Challenge acknowledge their institutional, firm-wide commitment to provide pro bono legal services to low income and disadvantaged individuals and families and non-profit groups. To read the Challenge, please click here.
UK Attorney General's Pro Bono Declaration: A statement of principles for International Pro Bono Legal Work
In March 2009, the International Bar Association created this declaration, which sets out 'core principles' for when Pro Bono legal work is carried out overseas. It has been endorsed by the Bar council, the International Bar Association, Law Society of England and Wales and the Institute of Legal Executives. To read the Declaration, please click here.
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