Legal Pro Bono: Facing the Future

LawWorks’ third Clinics Conference is a live online event bringing together clinic coordinators, supervisors and volunteers from different organisations and specialisms as well as the wider advice sector.

This year’s conference will be an opportunity to reflect on an extremely challenging year and move our focus to looking ahead and helping to build a strong pro bono community that continues to deliver much needed services in the 'new normal' future.

We are pleased to announce that Baroness Falkner of Margravine, Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, will deliver a keynote address. In addition, panel discussions will cover topics about engaging volunteers and addressing structural inequalities, as well as sharing learning about holistic approaches to pro bono clinics and hearing how pro bono clinics around the world have overcome challenges to operate during the pandemic.

We hope that you will join us to gain inspiration, share your knowledge, and build new connections.

To attend - book your free place on Eventbrite

Conference programme


Day 1: Thursday 8th July

10:00 - 10:15

Welcome and Introduction

Setting the theme for the day

10:15 - 10:45

Plenary: The importance of data for policy, learning and practice

Sharing findings from the LawWorks Clinics Network report 2020

10:45 - 11:00


11:00 - 12:15

Session 1: Engaging volunteers: leveraging lessons learned to help shape clinics

Stas Kuzmierkiewicz, Pro Bono Associate at Baker McKenzie LLP

Jarina Choudhury, Volunteering Development Consultant, NCVO
Tony Martin, Head of Clinics, BPP University
Elaine Vignoli, Chief Executive Officer, South Westminster Legal Advice Centre

12:15 - 13:00


13:00 - 13:45

Networking with Litigant in Person Support Strategy partners

An opportunity to meet with a Litigant in Person Support Strategy partner organisation and learn more about their work.

13:45 - 14:00


14:00 - 15:15

Session 2: Pro bono clinics in a pandemic and beyond – sharing learning from global perspectives

Barbara Preložnjak, Assistant professor, University of Zagreb
Carly Romanow, Executive Director & Staff Lawyer, Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan, Canada
Roni Rothler, Director Disability Rights Clinic, Bar Ilan University, Israel

15:15 - 17:00


17:00 - 18:00

Keynote and Q&A: 
Baroness Falkner of Margravine
, Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission


Day 2: Friday 9th July

10:00 - 11:15

Clinic Workshop

Practical tips to help develop and run clinics, and the opportunity to meet and match with volunteers. Including the launch of the LawWorks Pro Bono Clinics Manual

11:15 - 11:30


11:30 - 12:45

Session 3: Holistic approaches to pro bono, a focus on delivering advice in partnership with healthcare settings

Amanda Finlay CBE, Chair, Law for Life

Phil Drake, Director of the Justice Hub & Director of Social Responsibility for Law School of Social Sciences, University of Manchester
Professor Dame Hazel Genn, Professor of Socio-Legal Studies at UCL Laws and Director of the National Strategy for Health and Justice Partnership
Dan Hopewell, Director of Knowledge and Innovation, Bromley by Bow Centre
Professor Richard Owen, Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law, Swansea University
Kathryn Penrith, Consultant Admiral Nurse, Making Space 

12:45 - 13:15


13:15 - 13:45

Networking with LawWorks Programmes

An opportunity to meet with LawWorks Programme teams and learn more about their work.

13:45 - 14:00


14:00 - 15:15

Session 4: Structural inequalities, the pandemic and the advice sector

Chloe Longmore, National Manager – I&A review project UK, Age UK
Bethan Rees, Programme Manager (Schools & Training), The Kite Trust
Dr Mary-Ann Stephenson, Director, UK Women’s Budget Group
Dr Wanda Wyporska, Executive Director, The Equalities Trust

15:15 - 15:30

Conclusion & close

Reflections on the day - Future Challenges and Opportunities for Pro Bono

15:30 onwards


NB this programme is subject to change