ProBono.org’s services and projects
ProBono.Org facilitates the provision of free legal services for the poor by volunteer private lawyers.
The first and only organisation of its kind in the country, our innovative model channels millions of rands of top quality legal assistance, pro bono, to the most vulnerable and marginalised people.
Services to clients
ProBono.Org screens, matches and refers clients to volunteer private lawyers.
These are some of our services:
- Legal clinics – including a weekly refugee clinic, HIV/Aids legal clinic, inner city housing legal clinic, and shortly a consumer protection legal clinic.
- Women and Children’s Rights and Family Law Project
- Maintenance Help Desk Project
- Mediation Project
- SASLAW Project
- Community Advice Office Support Project
- Wills Project
- Clearing House
Services to lawyers
ProBono.Org works with a volunteer panel of over 70 law firms and 800 advocates in the Gauteng area to provide public interest legal services.
- Pro bono opportunities and client referrals
- Education and training
- Structuring and planning advice
ProBono.Org establishes links and builds bridges between the private legal sector and the public interest legal needs of the poor.
- ProBono Law – a fortnightly radio programme on constitutional issues and the law
- General legal assistance at our clearing house
- Strategic impact litigation
- Partnerships and co-operation agreements
- International legal networks and advice
The unique multiplier effect of our model means that:
- 1 office facilitates assistance for over 1 800 clients per year
- A staff of 8 had access to over 1200 attorneys and 800 advocates
- With a small staff and budget we unlock millions of rands worth of private legal services
The Durban office of ProBono.Org follows the same approach as the Johannesburg office. It has a clearing house function and it runs a number of projects.
Currently there are two projects: The Refugee Legal Clinic and the SASLAW/ProBono.Org Labour Project. A number of other Projects are being explored, including a Wills Project, a Maintenance Help Desk Project, an Occupational Injuries Project, and a Corporate Governance for NPOs Project.
The Durban office will establish a local Stakeholder Forum which is likely to identify priorities with regard to pro bono projects relevant for the greater Durban area.