On February 14th, 2014, the Leitner Center’s new Global Lawyers Project co-sponsored a pro bono conference in Colombia hosted by Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá. Social and Political Responsibilities of Lawyers in Liberal Democracies brought together leading academics and lawyers from across Colombia and the US to discuss the social responsibility of lawyers to provide pro bono services. Through an examination of the legal and political frameworks of pro bono in different countries around the world, the conference explored the meaning of pro bono work and questioned the particular role that corporate lawyers should play in the provision of free legal services to the poor and underserved.
Professor Daniel Bonilla, Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Public Interest Law Group at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá and Distinguished Leitner Center Visiting Professor at Fordham from 2011-2013, presented a special report on pro bono work in Colombia developed by the Leitner Center and the University of the Andes in 2012-2013. Research for this report was conducted by students in the Corporate Social Responsibility Clinic 2012. Professor Paolo Galizzi, Clinical Professor of Law, moderated the panel discussion on the findings of the report and the status of pro bono work in Colombia.
The Global Lawyers Project is part of the Corporate Social Responsibility Program at the Leitner Center directed by Professor Paolo Galizzi and Emily Smith Ewing, PVH Corp. Fellow. The Global Lawyers Project is a new initiative that researches and analyzes access to justice and provision of pro bono services in different countries and regions around the world. More information on the Corporate Social Responsibility Program and the Global Lawyers Project can be found here.