February 10, 2016
Partners and co-chairs of Torys’ Pro Bono Committee Susan Nickerson and Andrew Gray provided comment in a Lexpert article spotlighting the management of pro bono programs within the legal industry. Susan and Andrew discuss the scope and nature of Torys’ expansive pro bono undertakings, which include international matters. Below is an excerpt of the article.
On a more international scale, Torys litigator Andrew Gray, Co-chair of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee, suggests that increasingly, if firms have an interest in being engaged globally in pro bono work, there’s opportunity for collaboration.
“I wouldn’t have necessarily thought of this type of work as pro bono before I got involved,” says Gray of the firm’s involvement in a number of international projects through TrustLaw, the Thomson Reuters Foundation for pro bono law (Thomson Reuters publishes Lexpert). This included an international project seeking legislative reform in China spearheaded by a UK law firm. Torys provided research on Canadian law on schemes to compensate and protect victims of crime in support of a Chinese women’s clinic. Says Gray, who practises in Toronto, “as a worldwide research project, the interesting part for us at Torys is that we were able to involve lawyers in Alberta, Ontario and Québec who all provided input from their respective jurisdictions.”
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