Far-Reaching “Survey of Pro Bono Practices and Opportunities” Covering More than 70 Jurisdictions Launches

Nearly 100 Latham lawyers and staff help draft influential pro bono report, published under the auspices of the Pro Bono Institute.

December 06, 2012

A multi-office team of nearly 100 Latham & Watkins lawyers and professional staff from across the firm’s offices globally conducted extensive research to prepare the 2012 edition of the “Survey of Pro Bono Practices and Opportunities” report. Conducted in conjunction with the Pro Bono Institute (PBI), the unique report is the culmination of five months’ work and is an essential resource for local practitioners, in-house teams and non-profits on pro bono practices around the world.

From Angola to Venezuela, the report covers 70 jurisdictions in Europe, Asia-Pacific, the Americas, and the Middle East and Africa. Gianni De Stefano, an associate in Latham & Watkins’ Brussels office and one of the attorneys who co-ordinated the firm’s extensive work on the dossier, said: “Over recent years, interest in global pro bono has grown dramatically. The forces propelling the internalization of pro bono are both profound and exciting. Whereas the focus just a few years ago was on issues of permissibility and compatibility with the local legal system, the focus today is decidedly practical: pro bono has gained in acceptance and the question is how, not whether, pro bono representations can be undertaken.”

Esther Lardent, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Pro Bono Institute, said: “This report can be incredibly valuable to firms, legal departments, and public interests groups in both the US and abroad that are involved or looking to get involved in pro bono internationally. As global pro bono continues to gain momentum, this report provides key updates and provides context to firms and legal departments looking to expand their global efforts. We thank Latham & Watkins for working with us to document and examine global pro bono in this way as it continues to evolve.”

“We are delighted to be part of this important initiative. As the only resource of its kind, the survey is a ‘must-have’ guide for local practitioners, in-house teams and nonprofits to pro bono practices around the world,” said Wendy Atrokhov, Latham & Watkins’ Public Service Counsel. “The ambition, scope and value of this global project is unequalled. We are thrilled to be able to partner with the PBI on such a far-reaching and influential body of work.”

Latham & Watkins researched and authored the survey which is published under the auspices of the Pro Bono Institute. Additional research and input was also provided by local law firms and practitioners, in-house lawyers and NGOs around the globe.

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