PBI is pleased to introduce the 2012 edition of Latham & Watkins LLP’s* “Survey of Pro Bono Practices and Opportunities in Select Jurisdictions.” A compilation of reliable and locally sourced information, the 2012 Survey offers chapters on more than 70 countries – from Angola to Venezuela – that describe the legal landscape and provide essential details about local legal aid programs, unmet legal needs, and rules that shape the framework for pro bono legal services.
The survey is a useful tool for law firms, legal departments, and others interested in understanding pro bono services around the globe and who seek preliminary guidance on establishing programs and projects that are most effective. An introductory resource, the survey helps make global pro bono more accessible.
When originally published in 2005, the survey reported on pro bono opportunities in 11 jurisdictions, mostly in Europe. Latham updated the Survey in 2010 to cover more than 40 jurisdictions. Now, with great effort from legal staff and attorneys in Latham’s 31 global offices – as well as local counsel, NGOs, and in-house counsel around the world – the Survey spans countries in Europe, Asia and the Pacific region, the Americas, Africa and the Middle East.
So, now, when faced with any of the following questions, the answers are right at your fingertips:
- Can foreign lawyers in Brazil provide pro bono legal services?
- Are there legal service providers in Hong Kong that offer pro bono opportunities for lawyers?
- Does the culture in Kenya or Mexico support pro bono legal services?
- Are there opportunities for lawyers interested in pro bono in Jordan? Montenegro? Turkey?
- How has pro bono grown in England and Wales?
For those interested in some of the common themes and trends highlighted in the survey, check out the November 2012 edition of The Wire for a column by PBI President and CEO Esther F. Lardent.
For more information about global pro bono contact Law Firm Pro Bono Project Director Tammy Taylor.
*denotes a Signatory to the Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge®