Lawyers today celebrate Pro Bono Day in Portugal

This year's theme is: “Pro Bono reinvented in response to the crisis (s) - preparing for the future”. The event is organized by the Pro Bono Portugal Association, Cuatrecasas, FCB Advogados, PLMJ, Sérvulo & Associados, SRS Advogados, VdA and the Reuters legal support program, TrustLaw.

For the second year, the advocacy sector in Portugal promotes “Dia Pro Bono”, a date that aims to highlight the good practices of collaboration between law firms, non-profit organizations and law students and seek to create synergies between the legal community that provides services, as the name implies, for the public good.

The second edition of Dia Pro Bono - within the European Pro Bono Week - takes place this Thursday (November 26) in digital format and has as its main theme “Pro Bono reinvented in responding to the crisis (s) - preparing the future”, debating the challenges and opportunities for the third party sector - ie public benefit organizations or initiatives - in this context of this socio-economic crisis.

Also under discussion will be the responses of justice to the social sector, namely the Covid-19 pandemic, and judicial constraints. The panel will include the interventions of Rui Meirinhos, criminal investigating judge in the Setúbal district, and Teresa Almeida, deputy attorney at the Court of Auditors.

The session also features the presentation of the Pro Bono Alliance, founded in 2019 following the concern, shared by a group of companies and lawyers in-house or in individual practice, on the existence of a large number of pro bono legal support needs in Portugal, for which there was not always a sufficient or adequate response.

The organization of this event is the responsibility of Pro Bono Portugal Association, from Cuatrecasas, FCB Advogados, PLMJ, Sérvulo & Associados, SRS Advogados and Vieira de Almeida (VdA), as well as from the Reuters pro bono legal support program, TrustLaw.

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