This page contains a calendar of organised events for Pro Bono Week.
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Birmingham Law Society’s annual pro bono lecture; with the opportunity to meet community partners and third sector organisations.
This event will feature a panel to discuss the establishment of the pro bono panels in light of the London and Manchester terrorist attacksFind out more »
This event will highlight the work of pro bono barristers, as well as explore the rise in unrepresented litigants-in-person and unsatisfactory decision-making by the relevant authorities in England and Wales.
The event will focus on: Immigration; Tax; Special educational needs and disability; and Social Security (in relation to Personal Independence Payments).Find out more »
To celebrate National Pro Bono week BPP’s Pro Bono Centre are hosting an event with Steven Schulman, pro bono partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.
The talk will explore the different ways in which law firms engage in pro bono in the U.K and the U.S, including impact litigation, policy pro bono and different clinical models.Find out more »
Reed Smith are organising a screening of The Cruel Cut, a Channel 4 documentary that campaigns to end female genital mutilation. This will be followed by an interview with Leyla Hussein who is in the documentary. If you would like to attend, please sign up here.Find out more »
The Great Legal Quiz is a fantastic evening for people to have fun and compete whilst doing their part to help support those most in need of specialist free legal advice and help.Find out more »
There is a wealth of knowledge, experience and expertise on the rule of law within the UK legal sector. How can this be shared with counterparts overseas and what can the UK usefully learn from other contexts?
As part of national pro bono week, ROLE UK will convene a panel discussion highlighting ways in which UK legal experts are working with counterparts in developing countries to strengthen the rule of law through a peer-to-peer learning approach. The event is an opportunity to learn more about this type of international pro bono work and to contribute to ongoing learning and debate around its value, effectiveness and challenges.Find out more »
The University of Wolverhampton's Legal Advice Centre is holding an employment law clinic in collaboration with PCB Solicitors. The clinic is available to employees, employers, small business owners and charitable organisations who wish to gain some free legal advice in relation to their employment law rights and obligations. No appointments will be given prior to the event, and slots will be allocated on arrival, and are subject to availability.Find out more »
University of Exeter students and staff will guide and support you through the stages of any legal problem – employment, benefits claims and appeals, housing issues, criminal matters – free of charge and with no appointment necessary. We don’t provide legal advice, but we can help you access and use the services and tools relevant to your case. We will point you in the right direction and help you get on the path to resolving your legal problem.Find out more »
Ipswich and Suffolk Council for Racial Equality's Law Advice Centre, Living Rights and Tackling Discrimination in the East projects open their doors for the whole day to celebrate National Pro Bono Week. Taking bookings for free legal advice on housing, immigration, family, employment and discrimination, as well as a drop-in for anyone seeking advice and information on where to go to get the right advice on a range of issues in Ipswich and Suffolk.Find out more »
Lancashire Law School will be selling cakes and bakes in Harris Building, 170 Corporation St, Preston, PR1 2UQ, outside Harris Hub in order to raise funds for Pro Bono. The Money raised will be donated to the Personal Support Unit (PSU) in Preston.Find out more »
Are you doing pro bono work and want to know more about mental health? Join LawCare for a lunchtime twitter chat on Wednesday November 8, 1230-1330. We will be on hand to stimulate your thinking about why mental health matters in the legal community and what support there is if you are concerned about yourself, a colleague or a client. #lawcarechatFind out more »
The second Environmental Law Foundation University Pro-Bono Clinic convergence will be taking place at Birmingham Law School on the 8th November from 1:00pm - 4:00pm.
For more information about the event please contact ELF on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Plymouth University Law Clinic students are holding general drop-ins for the community of Devonport to assist with legal enquiries.Find out more »
IT’S THE PRO BONO NEWS QUIZ!
For this year’s National Pro Bono Week, we invite you to join us for a light-hearted look back at this year’s pro bono news.
Our esteemed panellists’ knowledge will be put to the test as we debate and discuss the major pro bono events of the last twelve months.
The Young Barristers' Committee of the Bar Council and the Bar Pro Bono Unit will be hosting its first ever joint event during National Pro Bono Week this year. The event is an opportunity to an recognise and celebrate young barristers in England and Wales who are committed to pro bono work in 2017.Find out more »
Annual International Rule of Law lecture 2017:
This lecture series aims to stimulate debate, to inspire lawyers to participate in rule of law related work and to promote greater awareness of the importance of the rule of law. We have been fortunate over the past decade to attract outstanding speakers from across the globe, each with their own perspective on the rule of law and each with their own thoughts on the challenges presented.
Edgar Cahn will deliver a special lecture during National Pro Bono Week on the theme of co-production in pro bono work. Edgar Cahn is known as the founder of the Timebanking movement; he has had a distinguished career in the USA as a civil rights lawyer, was instrumental in developing the first Federal Legal Aid programme, and has been pioneer in clinical legal education. He continues his work as CEO of TimebanksUSA.Find out more »
How can legal professionals assist NGO's and redress the balance for those who need access to justice on climate change? How much do we know about the international situation and how aware are we of the role of lawyers in pro bono to protect the planet? The 50th Congress of the FBE (European Bars Federation) will round off National Pro Bono Week on Friday 10th November with the Climate Change Justice Conference. Participants will hear about existing pro bono work, and information about how to get involved in future pro bono.Find out more »
The University of Exeter Law School students will be hosting a silent auction to raise funds for theUniversity of Exeter Community Law Clinic which provides free information and advice clinics in Devon.Find out more »
We are pleased to announce the LawWorks Student Pro Bono Conference, supported by Manchester Law School – a must attend event for law students interested in pro bono.Find out more »
SIR HENRY BROOKE AND BARONESS HELENA KENNEDY QC in conversation with Afua Hirsch. Followed by a reception hosted by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Book places online. The event is free to attend but we invite you to donate to our 45th Anniversary Appeal Fund. Sir Henry Brooke was Vice-President of the Civil Division of the Court of Appeal (2003-2006). He served as the vice-chair of the Bach Commission on Access to Justice, which recently published its final report The Right to Justice. Baroness Helena…Find out more »
Join two access to justice charities, the Bar Pro Bono Unit and LawWorks, for Christmas carols and readings on Monday 18th December 2017, at Temple Church. This beautiful and historic venue will provide a special backdrop for the evening held in the heart of legal London a week before Christmas.Find out more »
On 30th January 2018 the London PSUs are yet again hosting their legendary Quiz Night full of challenging, creative and curious questions designed to push your brain to its limits. No legal knowledge required to take part!
Favourite question of last year’s quiz: Which item is it illegal to hold suspiciously? A SALMON!
This year the Quiz will be hosted in the beautiful Somerset House, thanks to wonderful support from the Dickson Poon School of Law, Kings College London.Find out more »
Will you rise up and bake for justice? Join the Great Legal Bake 2018, brought to you be the London Legal Support Trust.
Taking part is easy, all you need to do is register and we'll send you a bake pack full of materials including posters, labels and stickers. Get a group of friends and colleagues together and organise a bake sale in your office or university and sell your tasty treats. The official bake week will take place between the 12 - 16th February with a main focus on Tuesday 13th.
The London Legal Walk returns on Monday 21st of May 2018.
In 2017 12,000 people took on 10k for justice, raising a record breaking £800,000. Can you help us beat it in 2018?
There is no entry fee but we do ask every walker to raise as much sponsorship as they can.
All funds raised support free legal advice charities in London and the South East.Find out more »
Join A4ID for a roundtable event, hosted in conjunction with Clifford Chance.Find out more »
Join A4ID for a fun event showcasing some of the work and organisations that ROLE UK has supported over 2018.Find out more »
As part of Pro Bono Week 2018, the Access to Justice Foundation, in partnership with the Law Society of England and Wales, are hosting a Webinar: Pro bono Cost Orders Explained. Find out more about the process for obtaining vitally important pro bono cost orders when acting pro bono!Find out more »
There are many reasons for doing legal pro bono. Some are about the clients. Some are about the causes. Some are about it just being the right thing to do. Join LawWorks and A4ID to discuss this important topic as part of Pro Bono Week 2018.Find out more »
Since 1997 the Bar Pro Bono Award has been given every year in recognition of outstanding commitment to pro bono work by a barrister or chambers. This year sees the introduction nine new categories in which barristers, staff members, chambers and projects can be recognised for their pro bono work.Find out more »
The Law Society would like to invite you to an event on Thursday 25 October 2018, at 18.00, to mark Pro Bono Week 2018.Find out more »
This Panel will consist of speakers with a background in Pro Bono, discussing their journey to their current positions.Find out more »
Walk the Thames is a fantastic event for keen runners and walkers. The walk is a half marathon or full marathon where funds are raised to help vulnerable people access justice.Find out more »
A ‘Justice in focus’ exhibition will be held in the main foyer of the Law Society on Chancery Lane, London, from 29 October to 2 November 2018.Find out more »
The Bar Council of England and Wales, The Law Society of England and Wales and The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives invite you to join this event, kindly hosted by CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP, which will officially launch Justice Week 2018.Find out more »
On October 30th 2018, The Access to Justice Foundation will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the introduction of pro bono cost orders.Find out more »
This joint meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Groups on Public Legal Education (PLE) and The Rule of Law will see the launch of a vision statement produced by the Solicitor General’s PLE Committee.Find out more »
Seminar focusing on some of the significant changes to the way the Court of Appeal Criminal Division (CACD) operates.Find out more »
Panel discussion by the Bar Council on the human cost of the cuts made to our system of justice.Find out more »
As part of Justice Week 2018, the Great Legal Quiz 2018 will take place on Thursday 1st November 2018 to raise money for frontline legal advice charities.Find out more »
Reception drinks to celebrate the opening of Anglia Law School Law Clinic.Find out more »
Please join David Greene, Deputy Vice President of the Law Society, for breakfast and explore ethical obligations of lawyers during major incident such as a terrorist attack or civic disaster.Find out more »
University workshop for students on how to approach pro bono activities to generate the most benefit for all.Find out more »
At this event, a panel of high-profile speakers from across the political and legal spheres will discuss lessons learned this year about immigration policy and the Rule of Law.Find out more »
Join two access to justice charities, Advocate and LawWorks, for Christmas carols and readings on Tuesday 18th December 2018, at Temple Church. This beautiful and historic venue will provide a special backdrop for the evening held in the heart of legal London a week before Christmas.Find out more »
The first module of this course will focus on an Introduction to International Development.Find out more »
Module 2 of this training programme will focus on Sustainable Development.Find out more »
The third module in this training programme will focus on Financing Development.Find out more »
Module 4 will focus on Business & Human RightsFind out more »
Module 5 of this programme will focus on Socio-Economic Rights.Find out more »