Pro Bono Week 2021


Pro Bono Week Ireland will take place from 22 to 26th November 2021.

A&L Goodbody, Arthur Cox, Holohan Solicitors, KOD Lyons, Leman's, Mason, Hayes & Curran, Matheson, McCann FitzGerald LLP, Members of the Bar Council of Ireland, Philip Lee, PILA (The Public Interest Law Alliance a project of FLAC), and William Fry 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 this year’s Pro Bono Week is to bring together various stakeholders in the pro bono ecosystem – lawyers, law students, non-profits, academics, and businesses – for an engaging conversation on the impact and role of pro bono in tackling important social and legal issues.

Follow us on Twitter at @PILAIreland. The official hashtags this year are #PBW21 and #BridgingtheGAP.

You can find out further details and register for each event below!

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

Pro Bono Week Launch

Monday, November 22nd 2021 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

The event will be chaired by David Fennelly BL, Chairperson of FLAC. Mr. Justice Frank Clarke, Chief Justice of Ireland 2017 - 2021 will launch Pro Bono Week 2021. This will be followed by presentations from President of the Law Society, Michelle Ní Longáin and Chair of the Bar Council, Maura McNally SC. The event will conclude with a fireside chat hosted by Larry Donnelly who will speak with PILA Legal Officer Danielle Curtis BL about the impact of pro bono in Ireland.

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Pro Bono Bootcamp

Tuesday, November 23rd 2021 - 10:00am to 11:15am

As interest in pro bono continues to build this webinar will guide participants on how to plan, develop and engage in pro bono work in order to maximise impact and help improve access to justice for those in need. Tune in to hear from pro bono professionals from A&L Goodbody, Arthur Cox, Matheson, Eversheds and KOD Lyons.

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Implementing the Charities Governance Code

Wednesday, November 24 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:15 pm

Chaired by Lewis Mooney BL, the event will be an engaging discussion on the Charities Governance Code. Legal professionals will discuss the organisational role played by trustees, the essential elements of good governance, the key legal duties of charity trustees, and provide tips to NGO's for compliance.

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Strengthening the Legal Capacity of Civil Society in Ireland - A day in the life of an NGO Workshop

Thursday, November 25 2021 - 09:30am to 11:00am

Within this session, lawyers will act out a scenario where a civil society organisation is holding their monthly staff meeting. As the meeting proceeds, a panel of lawyers will address the various issues that arise in areas such as employment law, charity law, lobbying/political rules, defamation, social media & data protection, and health and safety of employees due to Covid19.

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Data Protection for NGO’s

Friday, 26 November 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:15pm

Chair Anne Marie Bohan (Matheson) will be joined by Niall Rooney, Group Data Protection Officer (Rehab Group), Ronan Lupton SC and Sarah Noonan (Philip Lee) for what promises to be a jam-packed hour of discussion. The panel will discuss the 7 principles of GDPR and provide some top tips for compliance.

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