The survey found a mixed picture, with significant percentages of solicitors and barristers who did not participate in pro bono.Challenges to greater participation included lack of time and insufficient resources to dedicate to pro bono work.We are excited to stay engaged with the development of pro bono in South Korea, particularly in light of the number of global law firms that have opened offices in Seoul. This week, The PBEye turns its focus to the challenges and opportunities for pro bono in Hong Kong.There has been growing recognition in recent years that traditional legal aid alone does not suffice to address the need for legal services.The Seoul officials noted that South Korean lawyers are required to satisfy a mandatory minimum of pro bono hours every year or face a penalty.
For our part, PBI and CPBO discussed the history of pro bono development in the U. We noted that development of pro bono can be seen as both Last week, PBI was pleased to welcome officials from the Metropolitan Government of Seoul, South Korea.
The visit comes nearly two years after PBI’s participation in South Korea’s first pro bono symposium.
The officials, primarily from the Seoul government’s Legal Affairs Division, sat down with Law Firm Pro Bono Project Director Tammy Taylor and Global Pro Bono Project Coordinator Sri Katragadda to learn more about the history of pro bono in the U. The discussion was wide-ranging and touched on the role that PBI has played in the development of pro bono, as well as some of the challenges facing pro bono around the globe.
Featuring participants from the legal sector in Southeast Asia and around the world, the conference is a chance for PBI to engage with lawyers and other pro bono professionals, representatives from the judiciary, policy makers, academics, law students, and civil society and nonprofit representatives to consider the ways in which pro bono initiatives can strengthen access to justice in Southeast Asia and around the globe.
Lardent’s visit to Southeast Asia follows her December 2012 visit to South Korea where she participated in the country’s first ever pro bono symposium.
It is expected to be discussed at the 10th “Regional Workshop for Judges, Prosecutors, and Police in South Asia on Effectively Countering Terrorism” in Bangkok this October and may ultimately be used as a template for judges and judicial academies in other regions as well.