ProBono.Org is a young, dynamic NGO that works with the private legal profession to provide pro bono legal services to the poor.
We harness the enormous skill, might and strength of the South African private legal fraternity to cases and clients that we identify. Our existence is a response to the lack of access to justice for people in South African who are unable to pay for their own private legal representation.Section 34 of our Constitution, giving everyone the right to have any dispute resolved by the application of law decided in a fair public hearing before a court, or… another independent and impartial tribunal or forum, has no meaning whatsoever, if a person is unable to afford representation. ProBono.Org has as its goal, the creation of sufficient free legal representation for all who need it.
Our help desks are expanding
By Shamika Dwarika, Elsabe Steenhuisen and Tshenolo Masha. Help desks have proven to be a good service point for pro bono access. They are well situated and within easy reach for clients who frequent the courts or government departments requiring legal advice. They are also a convenient and efficient system for
Thanking our Pretoria pro bono lawyers
by Neo Chokoe. On 6 April 2017 ProBono. Org Pretoria hosted its first Lawyers Appreciation Ceremony to say thank you to the lawyers that have done pro bono work in collaboration with its office. The event was attended by 38 guests including Judge Mudau from the Gauteng Division, Johannesburg. The Pretoria
Celebrating Human Rights Day with children
- 21 March 2017
by Elsabe Steenhuisen. A special day for the children in homes in the inner city of Johannesburg was organised by Lefika La Phodiso at the restaurant area at Constitution Hill. One of the organisations participating was the Art Therapy Centre, which uses art to assist children to deal with their emotions,
A first-hand account of a “messy“ case
by Nolia Langa, legal intern. When clients approach you for legal assistance, many times they present their version of the events in emotionally loaded ways, requiring you to sift through it, seeking out the most relevant facts - the facta probanda and the facta probantia. One is often faced with a
ProBono.Org is exceptionally saddened and shocked by the tragic passing of Nomboniso Nangu. Nomboniso, the director of the National Alliance for the Development of Community Advice Offices (NADCAO) who passed away on 8 April 2017, was devoted to furthering the interests of the community advice office sector with untiring passion
Wills and matters relating to the social welfare of the community and children
The Johannesburg office and the Municipality of Ekurhuleni Community Development Directorate, hosted a workshop on Wills and matters relating to the social welfare of the community and children. The various speakers included social workers, community forum representatives and one of our staff members. The event was well attended but the
Landlord/Tenant Rights and Obligations for the community of Chatsworth
On Saturday the 25th March, ProBono.org Durban held a talk on Landlord/Tenant Rights and Obligations for the community of Chatsworth. The talk was held at the Nelson Mandela Youth Centre and our speaker was Mr Siven Samuel of Siven Samuel and Associates. Despite the terrible weather conditions on the day,
KZN Deaf Association monthly workshop
On the 22nd March ProBono.Org Durban held their monthly workshop and help desk for the KZN Deaf Association. Many of their beneficiaries are equipping themselves with skills in order to gain employment and as such, they requested a talk on the Basic Conditions of Employment Act. Our speaker was Mr
Patrick Bracher speaks with guest Liesl Muller, head of the Statelessness Project at Lawyers for Human Rights
Patrick Bracher with guest Liesl Muller, head of the Statelessness Project at Lawyers for Human Rights. They discussed the right to education of migrant and undocumented children. Join Patrick Bracher for ProBono Law on alternate Thursdays at 18h30 (GMT+2), proudly brought to you by ProBono.Org and Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa.
Wills Workshop for Attorneys, held at Hogan Lovells
The Johannesburg office conducted a Wills Workshop for Attorneys on 14 March 2017. The workshop was held at Hogan Lovells ( South Africa ) Inc offices and the guest speaker was Mr A Shapiro.