Pro Bono Study Trip to Budapest 2015



On January 18 to January 22, with the kind support of Visegrad Fund a group of lawyers and pro bono coordinators from Ukraine, Moldova and Russia joined PILnet Budapest team to exchange their expertise in pro bono and legal aid coordinating work. They were warmly welcomed by the PILnet Budapest team and learned about the history, workflow and achievements of Budapest Pro Bono Clearinghouse.  During the next few days, they met the main partners of the Clearinghouse from both the law firms and business side and the NGO side. The participants met the partners of the Ormai és Társai CMS Hungary and Partos & Noblet in cooperation with Hogan Lovells, advocates of the Hungarian Bar Chamber and the staff of the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union and the Hungarian Helsinki Committee and lawyers of the legal department of Hewlett-Packard Hungary. 

Spring Clearinghouse Meeting 2014

The 2nd annual meeting of the European Pro Bono Alliance gave established European clearinghouses the chance to meet with newer pro bono initiatives from Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Portugal and Spain. A two day workshop and training session was held in Budapest on 26-27 May 2014 and featured interactive strategic planning exercises, problem-solving discussions and communications training sessions.



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Spring Clearinghouse Meeting 2013

Reps from more than ten European clearinghouses met in Budapest for the spring collaborative workshop and know-how exchange.

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The Growth of Pro Bono in Europe

A modern pro bono movement is beginning to emerge in Europe. Although the tradition of pro bono practice stretches as far back as ancient and medieval Europe, modern pro bono practice has been developed anew, especially since the 1990s, by NGOs, foundations, and private lawyers. The emergence of modern pro bono practice in Europe was aided by the growth and internationalization of US and UK law firms committed to the institutionalization of pro bono in all of their offices, which has also coincided with a decline in legal aid in Europe. This report documents the long history of pro bono in Europe, with a special emphasis on developments in the past 10 years, which have witnessed significant activity toward building a culture of and the infrastructure for pro bono practice in Europe. Some of the field’s central debates and dilemmas, especially for its future, are captured here as a part of that review.

This summary is a general overview of the issues covered in PILnet’s 10-year report, put together by Lamin Khadar. The full report is available in a PDF printable version and is also available on the PILnet website.

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