Pro Bono Week will take place from 4th to 8th November 2019, returning for its 18th year to its traditional timing of the first full week of November. The aim of the Week is to recognise and support the free legal help provided by volunteer lawyers, and in particular to:
- Encourage the legal profession and law students to volunteer their time.
- Celebrate pro bono work and achievements.
- Promote collaboration, best practice and skills sharing.
- Increase knowledge and efficient use of pro bono services.
Law firms, chambers, legal societies, charities, universities and law schools are encouraged during Pro Bono Week to plan events and comms towards these aims.
For example, a discussion on the role of pro bono in a particular area, or an event to bring together lawyers and organisations who could collaborate, or social media posts to highlight particular pro bono achievements. Events such as conferences are also sometimes scheduled during the weekends around the Week (i.e. 2-3, 9-10 November).
Resources and updates are at: https://www.nationalprobonocentre.org.uk/national-pro-bono-week/
Organisers of events may email firstname.lastname@example.org for help, or to get their event added to the online calendar.
Pro Bono Week is supported by the Law Society, Bar Council and CILEx and is organised by a committee that includes representatives from pro bono charities, law schools and law firms.
Last year after Pro Bono Week took place, Justice Week, a new initiative organised by the Law Society, Bar Council and CILEx to provide an opportunity to discuss wider justice issues, also took place. The next Justice Week is now scheduled for spring 2020.