Programme

Each year, the development of the programme symbolizes the true collaborative philosophy and approach the Consortium are known for. In doing so each year the programme is guaranteed to be rich and diversified with topics that are thematically, contextually and practically related to the national, regional and international issues of the participants attending.

 6th Asia Pro Bono Conference

“Strengthening Pro Bono Culture: Unity and Diversity”

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Rather than the Conference and programme being driven by any one organization, a collective group of renowned individuals and organizations working in the Asia region have come together as volunteers to ensure the event achieves the standards set out above. This is a true pro bono law network in practice.

2017’s conference programme committee includes:

Annette Bain (DLA Piper)
Bruce Lasky
(BABSEACLE)
Helena Whalen-Bridge (National University of Singapore)
Lauren Donnison (BABSAEACLE)
Manolinh Thepkhamyong (Law & Development Partnership)
Miriam Chinnappa (Avocats Sans Frontières)
Norbani Binti Mohamed Nazeri (Universiti Malayia)
Samantha Chong (Legal Aid Centre, KL)
Thip Nouansyvong 
(Law & Development Partnership)
Wendy Morrish (BABSEACLE)

  Esther Lardent, President & CEO, Pro Bono InstituteDetails about the programme and the methodology

In 2013 in Vietnam – the late Ms. Esther Lardent (Pro Bono Institute’s President and CEO) spoke of the difference between pro bono and the American government controlled ‘Legal Aid’, meaning “services provided to low-income or disenfranchised groups”. Hence, Ms. Lardent gave her definition of pro bono as, “lawyers in private practice who are doing such work for free as part of their professional obligations to the legal community”.

The conference/workshop will be composed of several types of contributions:

Presentations – Showcasing successful impacts of pro bono programmes and initiatives. Or presentations composed of work-in-progress, reports, fresh developments in the field, or a review of recent literature pertaining to a particular problem or approach, findings that indicate and/or provide suggestions for solutions.

Consortiums – These consortiums provide the forum for group discussions where law students share individual projects and on-going work related to pro bono initiatives.

Exhibitions – Alternatively, works such as documentary films, photography or artwork can be submitted with a 250 word abstract.

Pro Bono and CLE Clinics Showcases & Exhibitions – Showcases and/or exhibitions that present recent developments and applications in pro bono and CLE programmes or initiatives. These should be designed to inform a large and qualified audience about the successes of any pro bono clinics or programmes globally.

Posters – These contain implementation information or works-in-progress that will be displayed at the conference during the early registration poster display throughout the conference/workshop.

NB. Your presentation must demonstrate how you will incorporate interactive methodology into the session.

Pro Bono Lawyers in Laos – Presented in 2012 at the 1st Asia Pro Bono Conference in Vientiane Lao PDR Pro Bono Lawyers in Singapore – Presented in 2014 at the 3rd Asia Pro Bono Conference in Singapore Pro Bono Lawyers in Myanmar – Presented in 2015 at the 4th Asia Pro Bono Conference in Mandalay, Myanmar

All presentations and sessions incorporate inspiring and interactive methodology into the session, the below show the level of interaction by both the participants and the presenters at each of the Asia Pro Bono Conferences.

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2015 4th Asia Pro Bono Conference in Mandalay, Myanmar

Participation of the delegates in the session "Identifying the legal needs and the challenges facing access to justice and legal aid in Asia and how pro bono might overcome these challenges."
2015 Myanmar Day 1
Participation of the delegates in the session “Identifying the Legal Needs and the Challenges Facing Access to Justice and Legal Aid in Asia and How Pro Bono Might Overcome These Challenges.”

 

Participation of the delegates in the session "The role of bar associations in supporting pro bono."
2015 Myanmar Day 2
Participation of the delegates in the session “The Role of Bar Associations in Supporting Pro Bono.”

 

 

Participation of the delegates in the session "A debate on whether student pro bono should be mandatory."
2015 Myanmar Day 3
Participation of the delegates in the session “A Debate on Whether Student Pro Bono Should be Mandatory.”

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2014 3rd Asia Pro Bono Conference in Singapore

Participation of the delegates in the session "Creating a Vibrant Pro Bono Ecosystem to Strengthen Access to Justice"
2014 Singapore Day 1
Participation of the delegates in the session “Creating a Vibrant Pro Bono Ecosystem to Strengthen Access to Justice”

Participation by delegates in the session on "In-house Counsel and Pro Bono What challenges do in-house counsel face when engaging in pro bono? How can these challenges be overcome?"
2014 Singapore Day 2
Participation by delegates in the session on “In-house Counsel and Pro Bono; What Challenges do In-house Counsel Face When Engaging in Pro Bono? How Can These Challenges be Overcome?”

2014 Singapore Day 3
Participation by delegates in session on “From Pro Bono Student to Pro Bono Lawyer; What Obstacles do Students Face When They Strive to Maintain Pro Bono Contributions as a Young Lawyer?”

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2013 2nd Asia Pro Bono Conference in Vietnam

2013 Vietnam Day 1
Participation from the delegates in the Session “Developing and Strengthening the Pro Bono Movement to Ensure Greater Access to Justice: A Shared Responsibility”

2013 Vietnam Day 2
Participation from the delegates in the Session “Developing Pro Bono Partnerships: Local, Regional and International Experiences and Strategies”

2013 Vietnam Day 3
Participation from the delegates in the Session “Professional Excellence: How to Manage Working Partnerships”

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2012 1st Asia Pro Bono Conference in Laos

2012 Laos Day 1 Participation from the delegates in the Session "Current situation of Pro Bono and legal assistance to the poor and disadvantaged in Laos & Southeast Asia"
2012 Laos Day 1
Participation from the delegates in the Session “Current Situation of Pro Bono and Legal Assistance to the
Poor and Disadvantaged in Laos & Southeast Asia”

2012 Laos Participation of the delegates in the session "How to develop the Pro Bono culture in your organisation and your country including: - Presentation/demonstration on Pro Bono initiatives and collaborative partnerships - Means, methods and strategies - Developing and implementing Pro Bono initiatives and collaborative partnerships"
2012 Laos Day 2
Participation of the delegates in the session “How to develop the Pro Bono culture in your organisation
and your country including:
– Presentation/demonstration on Pro Bono initiatives and
collaborative partnerships
– Means, methods and strategies
– Developing and implementing Pro Bono initiatives and
collaborative partnerships”

2012 Laos Day 3
Participation from the delegates in the Session “Site Visit to the National University of Laos, Faculty of law & Political Science Clinical Legal Education Office”