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  • Donate time through pro bono services

    Those with skills in great demand, like lawyers, do a real service when they donate their time and expertise to people who need it. Learn how you can help nonprofits and individuals who could benefit from your support.

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    Luthra & Luthra
    New Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore, India
    Barrera Siqueiros Torres Landa
    Mexico City and Monterrey, Mexico

    What they did

    Luthra & Luthra, a law firm based in India, began taking pro bono cases because they felt morally obligated to do so. Rajiv Luthra, the firm’s founder and managing partner, explains that while economically disadvantaged people in India have access to legal aid services, the same courtesy is not extended to activists and socially conscious individuals and groups. Luthra & Luthra has tried to bridge that gap by working gratis on litigation involving animal conservation and spreading health services. Rajiv says this way of giving back is very dear to him personally.

    Barrera Siqueiros Torres Landa is a pro bono pioneer in Mexico. The law firm even hired a full-time employee, Lila Alejandra Gasca, to coordinate its pro bono efforts. Barrera Siqueiros explains that social responsibility is paramount to its work.

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    Impact

    In 2013, over 96% of the lawyers at Barrera Siqueiros worked on pro bono projects, and the firm continues to grow their efforts in this area, seeing more participation each year. Between 2012 and 2013, there was a 131% increase in the number of pro bono hours served. Socios (partners) are also getting more involved; now almost half participate in pro bono work. In addition to all these great numbers, Lila said that the pro bono client who had the most support in 2013 received over 648 hours of assistance—that represents a huge in-kind donation of time and effort.

    Barrera Siqueiros has accumulated a number of awards for their pro bono work. They were recognized by TrustLaw Connect with the Innovation Pro Bono Award for their work helping indigenous people in Mexico promote and sell their art. And in 2012, Luthra & Luthra was given TrustLaw Connect’s Pro Bono Leaders Award.

    Both firms’ pro bono efforts have brought them much notoriety and success, and have helped bring awareness to issues of national importance. Their work has been widely reported in media, thereby bringing their cases to the forefront and encouraging productive debate.

    Big takeaways

    Rajiv counsels being seriously committed to any pro bono work you take on. That, along with being patient and positive, will serve you well.

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    Photo credit: TrustLaw Connect Awards

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