Pro Bono Week 2022

EPBW 2022 - Invitation - 08-11-22

Pro Bono Week Ireland will take place from the 21st to 25th November 2022.

PILA (The Public Interest Law Alliance), a project of FLAC, A&L Goodbody, Arthur Cox, Mason Hayes & Curran LLP, Matheson and McCann Fitzgerald are pleased to invite you to participate in Pro Bono Week Ireland which celebrates the role played by volunteer lawyers supporting civil society and those in need. Events will take place, throughout the week – to highlight and promote pro bono culture.

A central objective of Pro Bono Week is to bring together various stakeholders in the pro bono ecosystem – lawyers, law students, non-profits, human rights activists, academics and business – for an engaging conversation about important issues relating to legal needs within Europe and the role for pro bono in tackling these issues.

Pro Bono Week Ireland is a part of a wider project, i.e. European Pro Bono Week, and seeks to celebrates the role played by volunteer lawyers, across Europe, in supporting civil society and promoting access to justice for those in need. 

Follow us on Twitter at @PILAIreland. The official hashtags this year are #EPBW, #EPBW2022.

You can find out further details and register for each event using the links on the invite!

*Please note that you must register for each individual event separately*

Pro Bono Week Events Pack

Pro Bono Week Speakers Pack

EU wide Launch of Pro Bono Week

Pro bono in a time of crises, is the opening Pan-European virtual event of the 2022 European Pro Bono Week.

Tune in to hear from:

Commissioner Janez Lenarčič, European Commission,
Carole Simone Dahan, UNHCR,
Zuzanna Rudzińska-Bluszcz, Client Earth,
Lucy Westcott, Committee to Protect Journalists,
Phil Worthington, European Lawyers in Lesvos.
Monday, November 21st 2022 - 1pm to 2pm

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Shaping the Pro Bono Landscape in Ireland

Join us to officially Launch Ireland Pro Bono Week 2022. A part of a wider EU project, we look forward to joining industry leaders in discussing pro bono in Ireland and what can be done to Shape the Landscape. Attorney General of Ireland, Paul Gallagher SC, will officially start off the Week. He will be followed by a panel discussion with David Fennelly (FLAC Chairperson), Richard King (speaking from an NGO perspective), Sara Phelan, (speaking from the Bar Council perspective), a representative from Deloitte LLP (speaking from an in-house legal team perspective) and Aine Hynes (speaking from the Law Society perspective). 
Monday, November 21st 2022 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

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Paul Gallagher S.C., Attorney General of Ireland: Paul Gallagher, Attorney General, has been practising in the Irish Bar for 43 years. He was appointed a senior counsel in 1991 and a Bencher of the King’s Inns in 2005. He is a former vice-chair of the Irish Bar Council. He has lectured and tutored in law in University College Dublin and the King’s Inns and lectures and writes on a range of legal issues. He has degrees in law (University College Dublin, King’s Inns, Cambridge University), and in history and economics (University College Dublin). He practices widely in the areas of commercial law, European law and constitutional and public law. He is an adjunct professor of law at University College Dublin, a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers. He was Ireland’s nominee to the arbitration and conciliation panels of the International Centre of Settlement of Investment Disputes (1997–2007). He served as an observer on the High-Level Advisory Group for the Future EU Justice Policy 2007–2008 representing the UK, Cyprus and Malta. He is a director of the Irish Centre for European Law and a Senior Fellow of the Institute for International and European Affairs. Paul Gallagher was Attorney General of Ireland between 2007 and 2011. Paul Gallagher was re-appointed as Attorney General in June 2020.

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David Fennelly: David Fennelly is a practising barrister based in the Law Library, Dublin and Assistant Professor in Law at Trinity College Dublin. David specialises in public law, with a particular interest in EU and international law, including in the fields of human rights and equality. David first became involved with FLAC as a student in Trinity and has served as a volunteer adviser at FLAC's legal advice clinics for many years. David joined FLAC Council in March 2019 and was appointed FLAC Chairperson in May 2021.

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Richard King: Richard is the Project Leader for the Migrant Project at Crosscare and has over 10-years’ experience of project management and 12-years’ experience in the fields of international migration and diasporas.

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Sara Phelan SC: Sara is a Senior Counsel, and Member of the Inner Bar, with a broad breadth of practice areas, including personal injury/medical negligence law, crime, child/family law and judicial review/non-jury, with further interests in chancery, probate and mental health matters.  Sara is also a qualified Mediator (CEDR) and Arbitrator (FCIArb).  Sara is an elected member of the Council of The Bar of Ireland since August 2019 and Chair of The Bar of Ireland since the 12th September 2022.  Sara has a strong volunteering spirit, both within and external to the legal community, and is fully committed to the strong tradition of pro bono work across the legal profession.

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Áine Hynes SC- Representing the Law Society of Ireland: Áine has been a member of the Council of the Law Society and many of its committees since 2007. She is a partner in public and administrative law in St.John Solicitors, and has been a member of PILA since 2010. Áine was awarded a Certificate and Gold FLAC Pin at the Dave Ellis lecture in 2014 in recognition of her high level of pro bono commitment under the PILA scheme.

Áine was appointed by Minister Lynch to the Expert Steering Group on the Review of the Mental Health Act 2001 (2012-2015). In May 2022, she was appointed by the Minister for Justice to the Civil Legal Aid Review Group.

Áine currently chairs the Law Society Mental Health Law and Capacity Taskforce and has made extensive submissions to the department of Justice and department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth on appropriate amendments to the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015.

The Amicus Procedure Explained

Join FLACs Managing Solicitor, Sinead Lucey, as she explains the Amicus Curiae Procedure, and when and how to avail of same. She will also be joined briefly by a member of the Arthur Cox team who will discuss the Guide to the Amicus Curiae Procedure in The Republic of Ireland as a resource.
Tuesday, November 22nd 2022 - 10am to 11am

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Sinead Lucey: Sinead studied law in UCC before going on to do a Masters in International Law in the UK. She returned to Ireland where she qualified as a solicitor in 2000. Sinead then took up a position in the national Traveller rights group, the Irish Traveller Movement, in 2003. She then went on to do further work with the Equality Authority and also provided legal representation before Mental Health Tribunals to individuals involuntarily detained under the Mental Health Act 2001. In 2008 Sinead joined the Irish Human Rights Commission as Senior Inquiry and Legal Officer, eventually becoming part of the newly formed Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission before joining FLAC in 2016.

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Carolann Minnock: Carolann leads the pro bono practice at Arthur Cox and is responsible for the strategic development and co-ordination of pro bono. She develops impactful pro bono projects bringing together lawyers from across the firm to represent pro bono clients in areas such as access to justice, legal information, employment and immigration law. She contributes to the continued development of the pro bono sector in Ireland and is a member of the Pro Bono Pledge Ireland steering group. Carolann has a wealth of not-for-profit experience having previously worked in the international development sector for nine years in Afghanistan, Thailand and different countries in Africa.

Climate Clauses in Action with The Chancery Lane Project

Legal professionals are invited to join this climate action event to learn about the Chancery Lane Project and how legal professionals can work together to make a real difference to tackle climate change. The Chancery Lane Project is a collaborative initiative of international legal and industry professionals whose vision is a world where every contract enables solutions to climate change. During this event you will hear from Irish law firms Arthur Cox, Byrne Wallace and Mason Hayes and Curran already supporting this initiative as well as the Chancery Lane Project team who will guide us through practical activities to demonstrate the climate action steps lawyers can take.
Tuesday, November 22nd - 12:30pm to 2pm

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Becky Clissmann: Becky is Managing Director at The Chancery Lane Project. She previously worked as an environmental lawyer and in the Environment Team at Practical Law.

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Humzah Khan is a Project Associate at The Chancery Lane Project.

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Dearbhla Considine is a Senior Professional Support Lawyer in the Real Estate team at Arthur Cox.

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Judith Cryan is a Professional Support Lawyer in the Property team at Byrne Wallace LLP.

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Sinéad Counihan is the Director of Knowledge at Mason Hayes & Curran LLP. 

As part of the Irish Property Working Group - a pioneering collaboration of lawyers from several firms across Ireland and the Irish Law Society’s Landlord and Tenant Task Force – Dearbhla, Judith, Sinéad and their working group colleagues have prepared a suite of green lease clauses for commercial property leases in Ireland, including adapting some of TCLP's green lease clauses for use in the jurisdiction. Dearbhla, Judith and Sinéad will be sharing the Working Group's experience and advice for lawyers looking to emulate their success in other sectors/practice areas.

Launch of Data Protection Guide For NGOs

Adam Finlay and Mary Brassil (McCann FitzGerald LLP) will launch the data protection guides that have been created for NGO’s by the McCann FitzGerald LLP Data Protection team. These guides are intended to provide an overview of Data Protection Law and its application to the charity/not-for-profit sector. It is divided into two sections; the first focuses on data protection rights from the perspective of individuals and the second outlines data protection obligations for organisations.
Wednesday, November 23rd 2022 - 12:30pm - 2pm

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SP Adam Finlay

Adam Finlay: Adam advises on a wide range of information technology, intellectual property, data protection, cyber security, confidentiality and freedom of information issues. He is especially expert on the protection and commercialisation of intellectual property. He is also a registered trade mark agent. On the technology side, Adam drafts and negotiates software licences, services agreements and outsourcing agreements and advises on the legal issues attached to transacting online and dealing with consumers. In the area of rights and obligations in relation to information, he regularly advises clients in the public and private sectors on data protection, cyber security, freedom of information, access to information on the environment, open data and confidentiality matters.

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Mary Brassil: Mary advises both domestic and international clients on all aspects of employment, equality and industrial relations law. She is expert in the employment law issues that arise from mergers and acquisitions, Transfer of Undertakings regulations, corporate restructurings, cross-border mergers, outsourcings and redundancy situations. Mary writes and lectures widely on all topics relating to her practice area and recently contributed the Irish chapter of “Global Legal Insights - Employment and Labour 5th Edition” and the Irish chapter of “The International Comparative Legal to Employment and Labour Law 2016”.

Amendments to the Assisted Decision-Making Act

Very significant changes are incoming in the area of capacity law in Ireland. The Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015 was signed into law on 30 December 2015, however it’s implementation has been delayed pending the introduction of amending legislation. Under the new system, a relevant person whose capacity is in question can avail of a three tier system of assisted decision-making. In this information webinar, aimed at NGOs, Brian Horkan and Fiona McNulty of Mason Hayes and Curran LLP will discuss the new regime.
Thursday, November 24th 2022 - 10am to 11am

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FionaMcNulty: Fiona is a senior associate in the Health and Prosecutions department at Mason Hayes & Curran. She advises across a broad range of areas including healthcare law, childcare law, criminal prosecutions and environmental law and advocates before the courts regularly on behalf of public sector clients. She is a registered Legal Irish Practitioner, and is included on Clár na Gaeilge (An Dlí-Chumann) and the Irish Language Register (Law Society of Ireland).

SP Ciara Dowd BL

Ciara Dowd is a practising civil barrister, specialising in public law, with a particular interest in capacity and human rights. She has appeared as Counsel in the Superior Courts.

Ciara has advised clients on the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015, and delivered CPDs on litigation arising under the Act.

Prior to being called to the Bar, Ciara worked in human rights policy and research in various bodies including the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, the Law Reform Commission, Dublin City University, and human rights NGOs.

Celebrating the achievements of the legal community in 2022

Join us to celebrate the pro bono achievements of Ireland's legal community this year and the launch of the inaugural Pro Bono Pledge Report. A panel of NGO representatives and lawyers  will share their experiences about the following exciting collaborative projects: Ukraine Ireland Legal Alliance Irish Red Cross Maynooth project, Afghan Admissions Programme, Kids in Need of Defense and Voluntary Assistance Scheme. This in person event aims to recognise the impact Ireland's pro bono efforts have made and to inspire further collaborative projects for the upcoming year.
Thursday, November 24th 2022 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

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Anna Bazarchina (BL): Anna is a barrister and the chairperson of the Ukraine Ireland Legal Alliance which aims to provide support and assistance to Ukrainians in Ireland. Anna is a criminal defence barrister practising in the Dublin, Eastern and South Eastern jurisdictions.

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Jess Bolton (KIND – Immigrant Council of Ireland): Jess is the project solicitor for the Immigrant Council of Ireland's pro bono project run in collaboration with the Irish Refugee Council and Kids in Need of Defense (KIND). Together with pro bono partners, she works to ensure unaccompanied minors are provided with child-friendly legal advice when applying for family reunification and citizenship. Before taking up her current role, Jess worked as a legal caseworker with the Immigrant Council.

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Niamh Counihan (Matheson): Niamh Counihan is Matheson's Pro Bono Partner and Director of Legal and Regulatory Affairs, dividing her time equally between her two roles. In her role as the firm’s first Pro Bono Partner, Niamh is responsible for leading Matheson's pro bono practice which is a fundamental element of the firm's impactful business programme vision to deliver and support meaningful, sustainable and measurable change across it's community of colleagues, clients and society. 

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Daniel Hanrahan (Philip Lee): Daniel is an associate at Philip Lee and a member of Philip Lee's pro bono committee. He specialises in competition and regulatory matters, as is part of Philip Lee's EU, Competition and State aid group. 

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Rosemarie Hayden (Irish Red Cross): Rosemarie is the newly appointed Pro Bono & Volunteer Co-Ordinator with the Irish Red Cross. Rosemarie's role within the Migration Department harnesses the invaluable resource of Irish Red Cross volunteers, together with collaborations with partner organisations to provide support to refugees on areas ranging from legal information, mediation and social integration.

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Eithne Lynch (A&L Goodbody): Eithne Lynch is Head of Pro Bono at A&L Goodbody. Her appointment as pro bono associate was the first appointment of its kind in Ireland. Alongside managing the firm's pro bono practice, Eithne represents clients before the International Protection Office and maintains an administrative law practice in the area of housing rights. Prior to joining ALG, Eithne worked with the Public Interest Law Alliance and developed rule of law projects, primarily in the area of criminal justice in sub-Saharan Africa. Eithne is a guest lecturer at the Law Society and currently sits on the Board of Irish Rule of Law International.

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Katie Mannion (Irish Refugee Council): Katie is the Managing Solicitor of the Irish Refugee Council's Independent Law Centre. Prior to joining the IRC, Katie was a solicitor with the Immigrant Council of Ireland Independent Law Centre, and held legal research and policy positions at Amnesty International Ireland.  Katie is also a Board member of the Children’s Rights Alliance.

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Carolann Minnock (Arthur Cox): Carolann is an associate in Arthur Cox and leads the firms’ pro bono practice. Carolann is responsible for the strategic development and co-ordination of pro bono at Arthur Cox. Carolann develops impactful pro bono projects to represent pro bono clients in areas such as access to justice, legal information, employment and immigration law. 

SP Lewis Mooney BL

Lewis Mooney (BL): Lewis is a barrister and leads the Voluntary Assistance Scheme (VAS), the pro bono vehicle of the Bar of Ireland, matching the needs of NGO's and civil society groups with the volunteering experience at the Bar. Lewis has acted as counsel in the District, Circuit, and Superior Courts of Ireland, including on behalf of newspaper defendants in High Court defamation trials in the jury list, statutory inquiries, the European Court of Human Rights (including on behalf of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission in its capacity as a third party intervener) and on behalf of a client in respect of her complaint to the United Nations Committee Against Torture.

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Eilis Barry (FLAC CE):  Prior to joining FLAC, Eilis was a barrister specialising in all aspects of employment law, anti-discrimination and equality. She was the legal adviser of the Equality Authority and head of its legal section from 2000 to 2009, when she resumed practice at the bar. A former board member and Chairperson of FLAC, Eilis drafted Case Law Review of Mental Health in the Workplace and authored Equality How?, a guide to taking cases under the Employment Equality Acts 1998-2008 and the Equal Status Acts 2000-2008. She is a regular speaker at conferences and seminars on employment and equality law. She is co-editor of ‘Equality in Diversity, the New Equality Directives’, ICEL No. 29, and former editor of the Employment Law Reports.” She has also been appointed as an adjunct professor for 2022–2025 with University College Cork (UCC) School of Law.

SP O'Sullivan, Declan

Declan O’Sullivan is a partner at Dechert LLP who advises domestic and international clients in the establishment and authorisation of all types of investment funds.  He is a member of the firm’s global pro bono committee and leads their pro bono programme in Ireland, in particular the firm’s work with KIND Ireland assisting refugee children with family reunification applications.   Declan is a director of basis.point, the charity of the Irish funds industry which aims to give children in Ireland equal access to a brighter future through education.

Pro Bono Pledge NGO Pitch Event

The objective of this event is to connect Pledge Signatories that have committed to doing pro bono work with NGO’s and Civil Societies that have projects in need of legal expertise.

Friday, November 25th 2022 - 9:30am to 10:30am

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Ioanna Negrello, The Immigrant Council of Ireland: Ioanna Negrello joined the independent Law Centre of the ICI in March 2022 as a legal caseworker. Ioanna holds a law degree and an LLM in International Human Rights Law from the Irish Centre for Human Rights at NUI Galway. She qualified as a lawyer in France in 2020 and, prior to working at the Immigrant Council, she gained experience in a number of NGOs, including an organisation working with victims of human trafficking and a migrants’ rights centre.

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Ciara Cunningham: Ciara Cunningham Director of SWAN Youth Service has worked there since 2004. Qualified in social Psychology and Sociology from University of Ulster (B.Sc.), and Youth and Community Work M.Soc.Sc) University College Cork.

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Georgina Cruise, Service Manager of the Patient Advocacy Service: Georgina is the Acting Service Manager of the Patient Advocacy Service. She previously worked as an Advocacy Team Lead, having joined the Service in November 2019. A graduate with an Advanced Diploma in Advocacy Practice Provision, a level 7 Certificate in Patient Safety Complaints Advocacy and an advanced diploma in Human Resources, Georgina has over 14 years’ experience of working in the citizens’ rights and entitlements, with a particular interest in Advocacy and Social Policy. Georgina has frontline experience of direct advocacy provision having previously worked with the Citizens Information Service for 12 years as an Advocate and Development Manager.

If you would like to take part in our next NGO Pitch event, please apply using the form here. 

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