Throughout April 2017, the London Young Lawyers Group (LYLG) will be running a pro bono awareness campaign, designed to boost volunteer number across the capital. With the support of LawWorksand a number of partner pro bono clinics, the LYLG will be offering young lawyers and LPC students a number of different opportunities to engage in pro bono activities across London.
The campaign launch event will be held at Herbert Smith Freehills’ offices in Exchange House on the evening of 5 April 2017. Doors will open at 18:30 with presentations to begin at 19:00.
Attendees will hear from a host of inspirational speakers and award winning pro bono campaigners on a number of key issues such as, how to build volunteering into a busy work schedule and how volunteering can positively impact your professional development. LawWorks will also provide an overview of pro bono activities across the capital.
A networking drinks reception will follow the presentations where attendees will have the opportunity to meet representatives from the campaign’s partner clinics, and discuss their own involvement.
Entrance is free but spaces are limited, so book your spot to avoid missing out.
If you are unable to attend the launch event further details of how to get involved in the campaign can be found below.
Aims of the campaign
The LYLG strongly believe that more young lawyers and LPC students would be willing to either begin volunteering, or build on their involvement in pro bono activities, were awareness of the many opportunities and worthy causes being supported across London increased.
The LYLG also recognise that pro bono volunteering can be daunting and that it is important to make that first step a manageable one.
To that end, they aim not only to raise the profile of different pro bono centres across London, but to provide opportunities to volunteers with all levels of experience. As well as the chance to engage in front-line campaigns, their partner clinics will also be offering training to volunteers, as well as the opportunity to shadow experienced advisers whilst they provide advice to clients.
In the wake of cuts to legal aid and other key social welfare budgets, the LYLG believe it is ever increasingly important for the legal community to actively support pro bono initiatives, in an effort to assist those in the capital that have nowhere else to turn.
On top of the social benefits, volunteering provides a great opportunity to improve vital client care and presentational skills. Volunteers see a marked improvement in their confidence in front of clients, these soft skills are transferable to any number of professional environments.
How to get involved
The LYLG partner clinics have agreed to find opportunities throughout the month for all those that are interested in joining the LYLG campaign. Although they hope to inspire long-term volunteering relationships, they do stress that campaign volunteers are not obliged to make any long-term commitments.
If you have any questions, or would like further details about how you, or your organisation. can support the LYLG pro bono campaign, please do not hesitate to contact Oliver Haddock of the LYLG at firstname.lastname@example.org