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NGO Legal Support

  • The Vance Center coordinates delivery of high-caliber legal services to social justice NGOs in Latin America, Africa and other parts of the world. NGOs are welcome to submit requests for legal assistance to our staff, who will assist in defining and describing the needs of the NGOs. In cooperation with international NGO’s and committees of the City Bar, our staff keeps current with legal and political developments throughout the world and thus can evaluate and present the context and purpose of requests for pro bono assistance.
  • The Vance Center maintains a network of lawyers and law firms active in providing pro bono legal assistance. This network includes the firms represented on the Vance Center Committee, as well as the dozen clearinghouses participating in the Inter-American Pro Bono Network, led by the Vance Center and Fundacion Pro Bono Chile and the thousands of lawyers who have signed the Pro Bono Declaration of the Americas. The Vance Center matches NGOs with lawyers who have the expertise and resources required for the requested representation.   For more complex or longer lasting matters, the appropriate match often is a team of lawyers from different firms and countries.
  • Pro bono projects generally involve one or more tasks: research and analysis; regulatory or administrative submissions; advice and counsel; litigation support through amicus briefs; mediation or negotiation; full-scale representation in legal proceedings. Most often, NGOs seek assistance with substantive matters related to their missions; however, pro bono lawyers also may assist with operational matters.