On June 22 the Polish Legal Clinics Foundation officially opened the new project aimed at setting up the first clearing house in Poland. The project has been introduced during a meeting on the pro bono work and social responsibility of lawyers organized in the Polish Constitutional Tribunal. We invited representatives of the Polish bar associations and lawyers from the leading law firms in Poland to discuss the pro bono culture in Poland. All our guests emphasized in their short speeches a tremendous social need for free of charge legal aid, in particular a difficult situation of NGOs. Judge Stepien – the President of the Polish Constitutional Tribunal paid tribute to NGOs and their crucial role in a process of building up a strong civil society in Poland. All participants agreed that there is a serious problem that most NGOs have no access to private sector resources. Possible remedy for this situation would be to institutionalize pro bono practice by law firms and individual lawyers. This is a task that the Polish Legal Clinics Foundation is going to undertake by building up the Pro Bono Center . The meeting has been concluded by signing up a declaration "Polish Lawyers for the Public Good".
The prepared statistical information says that 9399 cases were submitted to legal clinics between October 2006 and June 2007, 2327 (25%) were civil law cases, 1302 students and 197 teachers worked in the clinics. This means that 1 teacher supervised the work of 6 students and 7 cases were solved by one student.
The prepared statistical information says that 9833 cases were submitted to legal clinics between October 2005 and June 2006, 2397 (24%) were civil law cases, 1279 students and 179 teachers worked in the clinics. This means that 1 teacher supervised the work of 7 students and 8 cases were solved by one student.
The prepared statistical information says that 7421 cases were submitted to legal clinics between October 2004 and June 2005, 1607 (22%) were civil law cases, 1049 students and 147 teachers worked in the clinics. This means that 1 teacher supervised the work of 7 students and 7 cases were solved by one student.
In recognition of the efforts promoting pro bublico bono activity as well as popularizing this idea among practicing lawyers, the Chadbourne & Parke LLP law firm awarded the Legal Clinics Foundation with the prize of 1000 USD. Grateful for this honorable mention we dedicate it to the lawyers and law students working at the university legal clinics.
This publication is addressed to students and the faculty? the managers of legal clinics. Students will find here a repository of knowledge on the idea, the history and the rules that govern the functioning of legal clinics. Members of the faculty will find here practical knowledge on how to organize the work of a legal clinic and how to best teach within its framework, as well as pointers on how to prepare students to lend assistance to clients. On behalf of the Board of the Legal Clinics Foundation I would like to express my gratitude to all persons who have contributed to the creation of this publication.