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Partnership is fundamental for the Vance Center: it is a goal, as well as a method, of our work. We work with many different partners in all of our activities: law firms throughout the world collaborate on our legal representation of civil society organizations and international human rights bodies. This collaboration fulfills our mission to promote civil society as an essential participant in securing democratic institutions and individual rights, and also our mission to strengthen the legal profession's commitment to pro bono practice. The law firms represented on the Vance Center Committee are particularly active and supportive.

We also work closely with pro bono clearinghouses worldwide to organize the collaboration of law firms on our projects. These clearinghouses similarly join us in initiatives to promote pro bono practice, through conferences, trainings, and exchanges of best practices. Established clearinghouses join us in organizing new ones and supporting their development. The resulting pro bono infrastructure again serves our dual mission. With Fundacion Pro Bono Chile, we lead the Pro Bono Network of the Americas, which includes ten more clearinghouse organizations, with others under development.

We similarly collaborate actively with bar associations throughout the world, acting as an international programmatic representative of the New York City Bar Association, a world leader in pro bono practice, ethics, diversity, and promotion of the rule of law and fundamental human rights. We join other bar associations in delegations to study challenges to the rule of law and fundamental human rights, as well as encourage other bar associations to institutionalize pro bono practice and diversity among their memberships.

To learn more about our partners, please visit the following links:

Pro Bono Partnerships


Law Firms