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APR 2015
DAILY TIMES

iProbono to offer free legal services to civil society

"iProbono Country Representative Mariam Faruqi, “Access to legal advice and representation is a foundational principle for iProbono and is the backbone of any fair and equitable system of justice. Our efforts are, by no means, the first such steps in this direction in Pakistan, but we hope that by bringing together various legal initiatives there will be a widening of free legal advice and representation for those in need.”"

ISLAMABAD: iProbono, a global non-profit network of lawyers, hosted its preliminary roundtable meeting at Jinnah Institute Islamabad.

The aim was to connect civil society groups, social entrepreneurs, NGOs, and activists who are in need of legal assistance with lawyers and law students who wish to use their legal skills for the public good for free.

The network’s global outreach enables individuals and projects across the world to source legal assistance across jurisdictions. With funding from the Ford Foundation and the Commonwealth, iProbono is prepared to launch its network in Pakistan.

The aim of the preliminary roundtable meeting, titled “Lawyers for Change”, was to explain the work of iProbono and to discuss the scope of pro-bono legal services. The iProbono team hopes to forge links to strengthen the culture of pro bono legal advice in Pakistan. The proper launch and legal workshop is planned later this year in Karachi and Lahore.

Commenting on the occasion, iProbono Country Representative Mariam Faruqi expressed her gratitude by saying, “I thank the legal fraternity of Islamabad for their overwhelming support for iProbono’s initiative to set up a framework for providing free legal advice to those who cannot afford it. Access to legal advice and representation is a foundational principle for iProbono and is the backbone of any fair and equitable system of justice. Our efforts are, by no means, the first such steps in this direction in Pakistan, but we hope that by bringing together various legal initiatives there will be a widening of free legal advice and representation for those in need. In the short, medium and long term, we hope that iProbono’s work will help strengthen legal aid provisions in Pakistan and therefore strengthen the legal system of the country.”

The event was attended by prominent lawyers, legal advisers, law experts and members of civil society, NGOs and the media. This article was taken from Daily Times