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International pro bono group launched

International pro bono group launched

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…

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.

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