Attorney-General Robert McClelland officially launched the International Pro Bono Group in Sydney yesterday.
The aim of the group is to promote international pro bono work by Australia's legal profession and linkages with the government's international development assistance programs.
The group brings together private practice lawyers, government and non-government agencies with expertise in international pro bono and development assistance work.
At the group's first meeting, the members agreed there was a need for a statement of principles for international pro bono work, to identify priority areas that Australian lawyers could help address and identity opportunities for better co-ordination and collaboration.
Members of the International Pro Bono Advisory Group are:
Glenn Ferguson - Law Council of Australia and the International Legal Services Advisory Council
Greg Mcintyre SC - The Law Society of Western Australia
Diminity Fifer - Australian Volunteers International
John Corker - National Pro Bono Resource Centre
Amy Kilpatrick - PILCH NSW
Bob Mitchell - World Vision Australia
Justice John Mansfield AM - Federal Court of Australia
Jame Farnsworth - Mallesons Stephen Jaques
Mitchell Mathas - Deacons
Michael Rosenfield - Sparke Helmore Lawyers
Anne Cregan - Blake Dawson
Nicky Friedman - Allens Arthur Robinson
David Hillard - Clayton Utz
Nicolas Patrick - DLA Phillips Fox
Alexandra Richards QC - Victorian Bar Council
Annmaree O'Keeffe - AusAID
Ian Govey - Attorney General's Department
Look out for the special Pro Bono Report in next week's edition of Lawyers Weekly.