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10 November, 2008

Citizenship Foundation Celebrates National Pro Bono Week

This week (10 -14 November) the Citizenship Foundation joins the Law Society, Bar Council and Institute of Legal Executives in celebrating National Pro Bono Week.

National Pro Bono Week highlights the pro bono partnerships that support the work of agencies that are the first port of call for people looking for help with legal problems as well as the contributions made through public legal education, such as the Citizenship Foundation's own Lawyers in Schools twinning scheme. (More about National Pro Bono Week on their website.)

As the Citizenship Foundation applauds the voluntary commitment from private and third sector partners that support increased legal literacy, we also urge the Government to match this commitment with more funding for this crucial area of public education. Visit the Lawyers in Schools programme page to find out more about how our work helps young people develop their awareness and understanding of the law.

We will be speaking at, and attending, the following National Pro Bono Week events:


Launch of Pro Bono Week - Royal Courts of Justice

This year's launch event will reflect a central theme of the week - public legal education - with a mock trial at the Royal Courts of Justice overseen by the Attorney General, President of the Law Society, Chairman of the Bar Council, President of ILEX and invited guests.

Launch of ALLIES (A Local Lawyers in Every School) - Addleshaw Goddard

Tony Breslin, Chief Executive, will be on the panel to discuss the role of lawyers as school governors and to hear about plans for an exciting new strategic alliance, ALLIES (A Local Lawyer in Every School).


Attorney General's Reception to mark Pro Bono Week, House of Commons

A special reception hosted by the Attorney General to mark this year's National Pro Bono Week. Staff from the Citizenship Foundation will be attending.


Celebrating partnership in pro bono reception, Mansion House

The Citizenship Foundation will be exhibiting at this event which aims to celebrate existing, and encourage further, partnerships between the professions and the third sector agencies that are the first port of call for people in need of pro-bono assistance. Senior representatives of business, the professions, City companies and front-line organisations in the voluntary sector will be represented at the event.


Developing Capable Citizens: Civil Justice and Public Legal Education Event, Cardiff

Supporting PLEnet (the Public Legal Education network), this event aims to consider the main educational models and materials now available for PLE, and looks at the matching of a sustainable supply of lawyers, students and judges wishing to provide their services pro bono, with the demand in schools and the workplace for a practical and co-ordinated legal literacy programme. Staff from the Citizenship Foundation will host workshops and contribute to a panel discussion.

Further information

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