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Expanding Access to Justice: The Institute Pro Bono in São Paolo

By: Marcos Fuchs, New Tactics in Human Rights

Until a few years ago, there were no legal firms in Brazil that offered free services to people in need. The Pro-Bono Institute has created a new legal tradition in São Paulo, convincing major law firms to donate their legal services and connecting them with NGOs in need of legal services. The Institute has recruited about 140 lawyers and is offering a variety of free services to all kinds of NGOs, including support for important human rights cases. It has achieved a rapid change in attitude in the legal community and pro bono work has become steadily more popular.

Pro bono services in the professional legal community give NGOs and victims of human rights abuse access to more frequent and better legal services.

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Uploaded on: Mar 07, 2014
Last Updated: Dec 04, 2015
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