Over the past several months, the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation collaborated with Lex Mundi member firm for Ireland and Northern Ireland, Arthur Cox, to complete a multi-jurisdictional pro bono project for the Free Legal Advice Centre (“FLAC”) through Public Interest Law Alliance (“PILA”). PILA is an Irish public interest network whose mission is to facilitate pro bono representation to the most vulnerable in society and engage the legal community to use law to advance social change. Spearheaded by Arthur Cox attorneys Greg Glynn and Zac Van Horn, the project involved in-depth research on issues relating to access to civil legal aid for victims of domestic violence across 10 jurisdictions worldwide.
The resulting research was collated as a “best practices” survey and is assisting FLAC in advocating for improvements to the civil legal aid system for victims of domestic violence in Ireland. Arthur Cox was joined by Lex Mundi member firms Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS (Norway), Advokatfirman Vinge KB (Sweden), Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (Canada, Ontario, Alberta and Quebec; research for all Canadian Provinces), Chiomenti (Italy), Clayton Utz (Australia), Houthoff (Netherlands), Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. (France), Jenner & Block LLP (USA, Illinois; research for England), Morrison & Foerster LLP (USA, California), and Noerr (Germany) to complete the multi-jurisdictional research.
“We were delighted to be part of this project and to collaborate with the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation and other Lex Mundi member firms to complete the multi-jurisdictional research,” Geoff Moore, Managing Partner at Arthur Cox, commented. “As a firm we are committed to pro bono work and to developing and maintaining a co-ordinated, focused, well-balanced and meaningful pro bono scheme. Through our pro bono practice, we address areas of unmet legal need by providing pro bono services to low income and vulnerable people and to the NGOs that support them”.
The Foundation’s work with PILA clearly demonstrates the power of the Lex Mundi network as a force for impact.