The Subject Matters host Joe Condon talks with today’s guest Erica Rangel, Esq., M.P.A., about Pro Bono assistance programs that is a designation given to the free legal work done by an attorney for indigent clients and religious, charitable, and other nonprofit entities. Pro bono is professional work undertaken voluntarily and without payment or at a reduced fee as a public service. It is common in the legal profession and is increasingly seen in architecture, marketing, medicine, technology, and strategy consulting firms. Pro bono service, unlike traditional volunteerism, uses the specific skills of professionals to provide services to those who are unable to afford them. As members of a profession, lawyers are bound by their ethical rules to charge reasonable rates for their services and to serve the public interest by providing free legal service to indigent persons or to religious, charitable, or other non-profit groups. A lawyer’s free legal service to these types of clients is designated as pro bono service.
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Northumbria LawSchool, in partnership with national pro bono work charity LawWorks, recently launch a ground-breaking initiative (1st December 2011).
The LawWorks North East Pro Bono Hub will build a regional network of law firms to facilitate and celebrate the provision of free legal advice and representation to members of the public and community groups in the North East.
The legal profession has a long history of providing valuable pro bono as part of its responsibility to society. Pro bono work can take various forms including free legal advice sessions and assisting charities and community associations as well as the provision of free representation at courts and tribunals.
Northumbria University School of Law, with support from LawWorks, will liaise with the local legal profession to facilitate the provision of pro bono services in the North East and will develop local pro bono projects to target local needs.
The LawWorks Hub will run as a pilot until January 2013 and will be open to the whole of the North East community including individuals, charities and community groups who may require assistance from members of the Hub including many North East law firms.
This video includes a panel discussion incorporating Roger Wiltshere, chief counsel of BAE Systems and trustee of LawWorks, Hugh Welch, senior partner of Muckle LLP and Paul McKeown of Northumbria University School of Law who discussed how they engage in pro bono work.
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