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PLP SPEAKER SERIES: Friday, April 18, 2014


Global Pro Bono Conference


Friday, April 18, 2014

1:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East B, 2nd Floor

Harvard Law School


Watch Introduction and Keynote

Watch Building Pro Bono Panel

Watch Private Lawyers for Public Good Panel

Watch Where Do We Go From Here?




Harvard Law School
Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East B, 2nd Floor


1:30-2:00                              Welcome and Keynote
Introduction: David Wilkins
Keynote: Scott Cummings
2:00-3:30                             Building Pro Bono around the World: Opportunities and Challenges
Ed Rekosh, Executive Director, PILNet, New York, NY
Esther Lardent, President and CEO, Pro Bono Institute, Washington, DC
Dina Stukanow de Paterson, Director of Pro Bono Partnerships, Vance Center for International Justice, Pro Bono Network of the Americas, New York, NY
Moderator: Daniel Bonilla, Uniandes
3:30-3:45                              Break
3:45-5:15                              Private Lawyers for the Public Good: Global and Local Perspectives  
Jennifer Daniels, SVP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, NCR Corp.
Lisa Dewey, Pro Bono Partner, DLA Piper, Director, New Perimeter
Fabio de Sa e Silva, IPEA
Moderator: Fiona McLeay, CEO, Justice Connect, Melbourne, Australia
5:15-6:00                              Where Do We Go from Here?
Open Discussion with Scott Cummings and David Wilkins



Pro bono has become a global phenomenon. In little more than a decade, there has been an explosion in global activity with pro bono programs now reported in more than seventy countries around the world, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, England, France, India, Nigeria, Norway, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, and the Ukraine. The United States has long been a leader in promoting pro bono, but the pace of change and widening global scope have focused new attention on the role and meaning of pro bono in countries with dramatically different political, economic, and professional systems. Moreover, as private law practice becomes increasingly globalized and the ability of lawyers to help those in need is extended around the world, new opportunities arise for rethinking what it means to do well and do good in a global age.
  • What has caused the rise of global pro bono and what are its impacts—both on private legal practice and access to justice around the world?
  • What are the differences across countries, how is pro bono met by local lawyers, and how does it interact with other forms of legal service provision for the poor and other underrepresented groups?
This conference will bring together leading law firm partners and general counsel, pro bono professionals, and academics from around the world to discuss these questions, share research and best practices, and explore the potential and challenges of the emerging global pro bono field.







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