The Australian Pro Bono Manual A practice guide and resource kit for law firms, 3rd edition
The Australian Pro Bono Manual is the indispensable Australian guide to building, managing and improving a pro bono program in a law firm.
The Australian Pro Bono Manual is an indispensable source of sound advice and relevant information on pro bono best practice.
Pro bono legal work is considered a professional responsibility and benefits the lawyers, firms and clients involved. There are advantages, however, in a planned and coordinated approach — a structured pro bono program is key to establishing a sustainable pro bono culture in any firm.
The third edition of the Manual has been completely revised and updated, and includes information tailored to mid-sized and small firms. For large firms looking to refine or grow their pro bono practice, the Manual remains an essential reference point.
- the current models of pro bono assistance
- defining ‘pro bono’ for the firm, setting strategic objectives and establishing criteria for pro bono work
- pro bono and corporate social responsibility
- the importance of leadership and promoting a strong pro bono culture
- the legal assistance sector and how to source pro bono work
- record-keeping, evaluation, crediting and recognising pro bono work
- pro bono FAQs and best practice, and more.
Australian Pro Bono Centre, Pro bono partnerships and models — a practical guide to what works (2016)
Table of contents
Part 1 Planning, developing and maintaining a program
1.1 Planning pro bono for the firm
1.2 Defining pro bono legal work
1.3 Pro bono policy
1.4 Promoting a pro bono culture
1.5 Surveying interest
1.6 Identifying needs and sources of pro bono legal work
1.7 Current models of pro bono legal work
1.8 Setting targets and budgets for pro bono legal work and programs
1.9 Coordinating the program
1.11 Crediting and recognising pro bono legal work
1.12 Costs and disbursements
1.13 Record keeping and evaluation
1.14 Training and skills
1.15 A mid-sized firm perspective
1.16 A small law firm perspective
1.17 Reflections of a pro bono coordinator
Part 2 Procedures and practice issues
2.1 Casework procedures
2.2 Risk management
Part 3 The Australian legal assistance sector
3.1 Legal Aid Commissions
3.2 Community Legal Centres, Indigenous legal organisations and other legal organisations
3.3 Pro bono referral schemes and organisations
Part 4 Frequently asked questions
Appendix 1 — Precedents
Appendix 2 — Australian pro bono best practice guide