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Vance Center Convenes Global Pro Bono Videoconference

The Vance Center, Comisin de Trabajo Pro Bono e Inters Pblico, Colegio de Abogados de la
Ciudad de Buenos Aires (Argentina), and ProBono.org (South Africa) held a bi-hemisphere
videoconference on May 19, 2014, at which pro bono counsel and coordinators from law firms in
Argentina, South Africa, and the United States shared strategies and experiences about managing law
firm pro bono programs.

Participants from Comisin de Trabajo Pro Bono e Inters Pblico, Colegio de Abogados de la Ciudad de
Buenos Aires
Participants from 19 law firms discussed how to encourage lawyers to take on pro bono projects and also
ensure appropriate supervision of pro bono work by partners or senior associates. Another topic was
whether their firms give associates credit for pro bono work in determining bonuses and promotions and,
if so, what credit they give. Vance Center Committee member Lorraine McGowen of Orrick, Herrington &
Sutcliffe and Vance Center Managing Director Elizabeth Millard participated in the videoconference from
Johannesburg and Vance Center Director of Pro Bono Partnerships Dina Stukanow participated from
New York. Click here for a complete list of the participants.
Estudio Bruchou, Fernndez Madero & Lombardi in Buenos Aires, Werksmans Attorneys in
Johannesburg, and White & Case LLP in New York generously hosted the videoconference. The Vance
Center wishes to thank Delfina Balestra and Josefina Ros of Comisin de Trabajo Pro Bono e Inters
Pblico, Colegio de Abogados de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Erica Emdon of ProBono.org, and Louise
Bick of Werksmans Attorneys for their assistance in organizing this videoconference.






From L-R: Harlene Katzman of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Saralyn Cohen of Shearman & Sterling;
Vance Center Committee member Marcia Maack of Mayer Brown and Rene Kathawala of Orrick,
Herrington & Sutcliffe

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