February, 17th 2021 / via Latin Lawyer and The Vance Center / Leading Lights / Awards
LATIN LAWYER AND THE VANCE CENTER’S PRO BONO SURVEY 2020
As a result of covid-19, the traditional service model for legal advice across all practice areas has had to evolve, pro bono included. The results of Latin Lawyer and the Vance Center’s Pro Bono Survey 2020 reveal how lawyers have adapted to help vulnerable people in today’s digitalised and distressed world.
Our latest survey continues to evidence the great efforts Latin American law firms are making to adopt pro bono into their culture.
The latest results from our annual research indicate that despite a year of unique and severe challenges, law firms are as committed as ever to doing pro bono. We report on what firms are doing to push their efforts to the next level.
The year 2020 won’t be forgotten in a hurry. For all the destruction and crisis that has ensued following the global outbreak of covid-19, the need for – and desire to participate in – pro bono is greater than ever. In the 13th year Latin Lawyer and the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice have published this survey we are proud to have received a record-breaking number of responses, a sign that more and more Latin American firms are committed to directing their services to benefit the most vulnerable and in need groups.
The number of people belonging to these groups is increasing dramatically amid the ongoing covid-19 crisis, which is threatening to push tens of millions of people in Latin America below the poverty line. Our research considers how the pandemic has impacted pro bono work in the region so far, examining some of the inspirational and unprecedented cases lawyers have aided, but also how the pandemic has forced lawyers to evolve their practice to connect with those in need.
This series contains the latest list of Leading Lights – law firms making a noteworthy contribution to strengthening Latin America’s pro bono culture.
Latin Lawyer and the Vance Center would like to thank the following clearing houses for their help encouraging firms to take part in our survey and for their feedback on their local pro bono communities: the Comisión de Trabajo Pro Bono in Argentina; Brazil’s Instituto Pro Bono; the Fundación Pro Bono in Chile; the Fundación Pro Bono Colombia; the Costa Rican Comisión Pro Bono; the Dominican Republic’s Fundación Pro Bono; Fundación Pro Bono Guatemala; Fundación Barra Mexicana, Appleseed and Centro Mexicano Pro Bono in Mexico; CIDSEP in Paraguay; the Alianza Pro Bono in Peru; Fundación Pro Bono Uruguay; and ProVene in Venezuela.
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Law firms that stand out for the pro bono work done by their lawyers and for their efforts to build a lasting pro bono infrastructure, both internally and in their legal market.
PRO BONO LEADING LIGHT 2020