One of the most remarkable developments in the field of law over the past decade has been the rapid growth of pro bono in Europe and, increasingly, around the globe.

The provision of legal services to those who cannot afford a lawyer helps expand access to justice and supports the humanitarian missions of NGOs.

PILnet’s European Pro Bono forum shifts locations each year, weaving its way over the last nine years from Budapest, Berlin and Warsaw, to Madrid, Paris, London and now, to Rome. When the first European Pro Bono Forum was held in 2007, in Budapest, the support for pro bono was on the rise, but its presence on the Continent was modest and its long-term expansion uncertain.

Three years later, the Forum made a highly successful move to Paris, followed in 2011 by a remarkable outpouring of support when the Forum took place in Berlin. In 2012, the Forum was held in Madrid and the 2013 Forum in Warsaw. Both proved to be equally strong, with over 300 participants joining each of these events. The 2014 European Pro Bono Forum, held in London, was the largest pro bono forum to date, attracting more than 400 participants. Pro bono, one can now say, is being fully embraced across Europe.

This year, the European Pro Bono Forum took place in Rome from 11-13 November. By bringing together a growing community that recognizes the urgency of pro bono—individuals from law firms, corporations, bar organizations, NGOs, and law schools—the 2015 Forum offered a vital setting where supporters can explore how they can best collaborate to address critical issues of social justice. Through interactive workshops, engaging social events, and structured networking opportunities, attendees will gain insight into the pro bono community and forge alliances that can help deliver justice and protect rights around the world.

Building upong the EU Public Interest Clinic I established with NYU School of Law and HEC Paris, we recently launched The Good Lobby, an innovative skill-based platform connecting experts with NGOs that needs it to make their voice heard in the policy process.

I invite you to browse the beta version of our new webpage at www.thegoodlobby.eu You will learn a bit more about the philosophy and rationale underpinning this new venture and find our about the many possibilities to get involved in our projects.

Your feedback is welcome – Stay tuned!