The 19th Pro Bono Week will take place this year from 2 to 6 November 2020, recognising and supporting the voluntary contribution made by lawyers across the UK in giving free legal help to those in need. In this year of unprecedented challenges, for both the voluntary and legal sectors, pro bono legal help has never been more important.
The overarching theme of Pro Bono Week 2020 is “Pro bono: Through the pandemic and beyond“. Event organisers are encouraged to highlight and explore the role of pro bono in light of the pandemic. We expect to see events focusing on three key areas:
- Celebrating pro bono > events celebrating those who give back and recent successes in pro bono
- Pro bono pathways > events exploring different ways lawyers can volunteer throughout their careers
- Effective pro bono > events sharing best practice and discussing what makes an effective pro bono service
With the potential that social distancing will still be in place, a mixture of online and in-person events are being planned.
Law firms, chambers, legal societies, charities, in-house lawyers, universities and law schools are encouraged to start planning how to use Pro Bono Week 2020, whether through private or public events, or through internal or wider communications.
For help, please contact Mary Dobson, project lead, at firstname.lastname@example.org