100 Hours Legal Pro Bono in 2001
14 May 2001 at 1:05 pm
As part of the Centenary of Federation activities the State Committee in Victoria has come up with a challenge for institutions, companies and individuals and a bonus for Not for Profits – to supply one hundred hours of pro bono work in their field of expertise in 2001.
The aim is to get as many people to register their interest and be matched with a Not for Profit and a particular project.
Committee Deputy chair, and Melbourne lawyer Peter McMullen says the idea emerged during committee meetings under the chairmanship of Sir Gustav Nossel and is now well developed.
Dozens of projects have been posted on the web site for matching and dozens of others have found their pro bono match from solicitors to landscape gardeners.
Here is an example of just two that have already found their match.
Creation of New Sporting Body
The Port Phillip Junior Basketball Competition D wanted to create of a new legal entity, the Port Phillip Basketball Association Inc. via the development of a statement of purpose, legal structure, rules of association and constitutions.
McClusky’s Law Firm has provided legal advice including drafting articles and a constitution, chairing committee negotiations and liaising with authorities.
A review of the governance structures and needs of the Education Foundation and recommendations and help with changes to structure the Foundation for the future.
The Strategy Shop is donating their 100 hours in the form of their Qualitative and Quantitative research skills and experience in implementing governance structures to conduct the review and recommendations.
And just one of the many projects listed that are looking for help is Can-survive, the Cancer Hope and Survival Network .
It wants to establish an association of allied health and chaplaincy professionals who will refer newly diagnosed and existing cancer patients who might best benefit from the availability of a state wide telephone network of personal mentors who are themselves cancer survivors.
To extend these community networks with each successive generation of survivors by providing training in telephone mentoring for patients and their loved ones.
The expertise still required for this project includes: Psychology/Counselling; PA/Secretary; Market Research; Training; Psychology/Counselling;
Take a look at the web site at www.100hours.vic.gov.au.