Expressions of interest

We look forward to hearing from event organisers in 2022 keen to be part of this year’s exciting campaign week.

The Pro Bono Week organising committee calls on organisations, charities, associations, firms, law centres, clinics and chambers to create sessions which explore one of this year’s six focus areas:

  • Lawyers stepping forward when it matters: Set against the outpouring of support from lawyers in response to the Afghanistan and Ukraine crises, Pro Bono Week will discuss how the response from different areas of the profession has been coordinated and can be delivered for future emergencies.
  • The climate crisis is real; what can lawyers do? Following COP 26 the desire of many lawyers to tackle climate change is growing. Broad issues include pro bono schemes incorporating a net zero strategy, the voice of the community and the powerful interventions that can happen when clients and in-house teams are involved.
  • How to make the business case for pro bono: Events in 2021 underlined the value of pro bono within recruitment and retention, to enhance lawyers’ skillsets and to enable lawyers to make a difference through the law. We look forward to firms and chambers highlighting the impact of their pro bono work and sharing best practice in pro bono.
  • Can remote volunteering truly overcome geographical distance? Many lawyers appreciate remote volunteering, but organisations also stress the importance of going to where community need is located. What does a creative and strategic blend of remote and in-person support look like?
  • Pro bono; an ally of funded advice: Coordinating pro bono so that it works seamlessly alongside funded legal help can be more effective than a solely pro bono intervention. This year the sector is invited to showcase examples where mixed interventions have had a positive impact.
  • Specialisation; can lawyers be trained to meet the most urgent needs? Meeting the most urgent legal needs in our communities is a top priority but the skillset of lawyers with capacity to do pro bono work often does not match the area of need. Can secondary specialisation and investing in increasing supervisory capacity address these issues?

Submit your expression of interest via the online form so that Pro Bono Week organisers can get a sense of planned events. Event hosts in each subject area will be gathered for short working group meetings to ensure no duplication of content or speakers. You take responsibility for organising your session, including inviting and liaising with speakers, planning the content and timing of the session, and executing the event.

Pro Bono Week organisers will support you where you need assistance finding an event partner, venue, or other technical support, and will help you to promote your event to a broad audience via the official Pro Bono Week channels.

We ask that every session has a minimum of two organisations co-hosting whenever possible, e.g. a pro bono charity co-hosting with a firm, a university clinic co-hosting with a local firm and a funder, a chambers co-hosting with a firm and a charity, a law centre co-hosting with a key delivery partner etc.

Deadline for submission: Tuesday 30th August