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Tracking the Implementation of the PBDA

The Vance Center and Latin Lawyer have partnered to conduct a survey on the implementation of the Pro Bono Declaration for the Americas (PBDA). Five years after its launch in Mexico City in January 2008, the PBDA has become the cornerstone document for lawyers and law firms in Latin America that engage in pro bono activities that benefit the disadvantaged and marginalized. Adhered to by more than 500 law firms throughout the Western hemisphere, the Declaration commits signatories to a minimum average of 20 hours of pro bono work per lawyer per year. This translates into a bank of over 600,000 hours that lawyers have pledged to rendering their expertise and services free of charge to those most in need in their countries and across borders.

The partnership between the Vance Center and Latin Lawyer marks a milestone in tracking the impact of PBDA in Latin America. The Vance Center and Latin Lawyer will develop a survey to be distributed to law firms throughout the region that will be invited to share information on their progress in implementing pro bono within their firms. It will provide signatories with the opportunity to voluntarily disclose statistics on their pro bono work, such as total hours rendered per year, percentage of partners and associates involved in pro bono work, number and types of projects undertaken, sources of work, and levels of financial contribution to local referral organizations. To read the full document, click here.