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HOW WE STRENGTHEN THE LEGAL PROFESSION

The Program for Strengthening the Legal Profession builds an ethic and practice of global engagement on behalf of vulnerable, disadvantaged individuals and communities.

Pro Bono in the Americas

The Vance Center since 2001 has brought lawyers throughout the Americas to collaborate in promoting and institutionalizing pro bono practice. The Pro Bono Declaration of the Americas, a written commitment to provide pro bono service, has more than 500 law firm and other signatories from 21 countries representing more than 10,000 lawyers and a minimum of 400,000 hours of pro bono service.

South African Legal Fellows Program

The Vance Center brings lawyers of color from South Africa to work for a year in international law firms and corporate legal departments in New York City.

For more information on the South African Legal Fellows Program, click here.

Women in the Legal Profession Program

The Vance Center since 2007 has convened conferences for women lawyers in Argentina, Brazil. Chile, Colombia, Peru, and Uruguay to consider among themselves and with leaders from the Vance Center Committee and other countries in the region opportunities to improve hiring, work conditions, retention, and advancement in private law firms and corporate legal departments.

For more information on the Women in the Legal Profession Program, click here.

Legal Ethics

The Vance Center launched in 2013 a hemisphere-wide initiative to survey current ethical regulation and enforcement and identify opportunities for strengthening legal ethics.