What We Do
The Global Pro Bono Bar Association augments local public interest advocacy efforts with globally-sourced public interest legal capacity for research and support services around the world. To that end, The Global Pro Bono Bar invites requests for legal research and support services from local advocates (provided that there is a public interest basis for the request, and whether or not the local advocate partner is paid for legal services).
Where such requests are approved for collaboration, The Global Pro Bono Bar then arranges for volunteers across our network to undertake targeted legal scholarship or to provide legal support services by assembling virtual teams of advocates from among Global Pro Bono Bar volunteers - whether they are lawyers in private practice, in-house counsel, law students, legal academics, or former legal professionals who have retired or left the practice of law for family or other reasons - in accordance with The Global Pro Bono Bar's Cluster Architecture.
Targeted legal Scholarship
At the request of local advocates, The Global Pro Bono Bar coordinates targeted legal scholarship (as opposed to legal opinions) on points of law selected at the request of local advocates with particular legal research needs. This allows local advocates to spend their time doing more of what only they can - local advocacy and provision of legal services to people who are in real need of help.
legal support services
At the request of local advocates, The Global Pro Bono Bar coordinates virtual teams of volunteers linked through our Cluster Architecture to provide public interest legal support (e.g., litigation support tasks, document review, early drafting support, and other legal support tasks in accordance with applicable local rules on the practice of law). This allows local advocates to seek justice in cases they otherwise may not have the resources to undertake.
The Global Pro Bono Bar's Cluster Architecture
Each Global Pro Bono Bar virtual cluster in the legal support services context (as opposed to the more flexible context of targeted legal research) includes minimally the following:
- Local Advocate Partner (Point of Contact);
- Global Pro Bono Bar Cluster Administrator (Liaison to The Global Pro Bono Bar);
- Cluster Leader;
- Team Leader(s); and
- Team Advocate(s) and/or Law Student(s) (Individually or in Clinical Legal Education Programs).
Redundant teams are used in support of each matter at a minimum ratio of two teams to one matter in order to ensure emergency staffing and quality control. The Global Pro Bono Bar's Cluster Architecture is bespoke for each matter to allow for support resources to be adjusted based on the service requirement as well as the sophistication and experience of the members of a given cluster. It is also scalable in that it allows for assignment of additional teams (of one leader and one or more advocates) as necessary to promote quality control.
You may also be interested in reading about The Global Pro Bono Bar's Theory of Change.