The Global Pro Bono Bar's
The Global Pro Bono Bar's Operational Model provides certain characteristics, such as the global engagement of volunteers with local public interest advocacy efforts, that other models of engagement (such as large law firms' pro bono programs) may not offer alone. These are The Global Pro Bono Bar's Value Propositions.
The Global Pro Bono Bar Provides Value by Overcoming Challenges to Engaging with Public Interest Advocacy in Sensitive Jurisdictions.
The Global Pro Bono Bar is especially effective in supporting advocacy efforts in sensitive jurisdictions where the political or regulatory climate may be inappropriate for projects to be undertaken by major law firms' pro bono programs alone. As The Global Pro Bono Bar's Operational Model requires engagement only in support of local advocates, many of whom are licensed legal practitioners in their local jurisdictions, Global Pro Bono Bar volunteers (including those acting through law firms' pro bono programs) are more able to engage with public interest advocacy in sensitive jurisdictions in full compliance with local restrictions on the practice of law. That is the value of The Global Pro Bono Bar.
The Global Pro Bono Bar Provides Value by Overcoming Positional Conflicts.
The Global Pro Bono Bar Operational Model provides a unique solution in support of local advocates working on issues with which many international law firms may consider themselves to have “positional” (or “reputational”) conflicts (i.e., concerns of a given law firm that representation of a particular client may require a line of advocacy that could be counter to the interests of the firm's other clients or detrimental to current or future client relationships). That is the value of The Global Pro Bono Bar.
The Global Pro Bono Bar Provides Value by Overcoming Challenges to Scalability & Complexity in Pro Bono Projects.
When international law firms consider undertaking pro bono matters, cost and time commitments are always a factor. As businesses, many such firms are unable to undertake pro bono projects involving multiple jurisdictions or potentially costly litigation. Consequently, many large-scale or complex multi-jurisdictional public interest matters may never obtain needed pro bono legal support. The road to seeking justice in such matters can be a long and lonely one for civil society organizations or individual complainants. Since The Global Pro Bono Bar's Operational Model organizes legal resources globally, transferring public interest legal research and support capacity to the places where help is needed most, The Global Pro Bono Bar Operating Model is able to support large scale or complex multi-jurisdictional pro bono matters where some international law firms would be unable to undertake the perceived risk associated with doing so. Since The Global Pro Bono Bar operates on the basis of virtual advocacy clusters, our Operational Model is easily scalable and adaptable to meet such public interest legal needs wherever they may arise. That is the value of The Global Pro Bono Bar.