The Vance Center provides pro bono legal representation to dozens of social justice organizations and engages hundreds of law firms in this worldwide work, while promoting diversity in the legal profession.

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Areas Of Practice

We provide pro bono legal representation worldwide to dozens of NGOs and international governmental bodies in three areas: human rights and access to justice; environment; and good governance.

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Our Programs

The Vance Center engages lawyers in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa, as well as the United States, to enhance diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, as well as pursue social justice through pro bono practice.

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May 31, 2023

Vance Center and Kenyan Partners Launch Pro Bono Institute of Kenya

The Vance Center, along with its Kenyan implementation partners Strathmore Law School and Kenyatta University School of Law, last month launched Kenya’s first clearinghouse.

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May 31, 2023

Vance Center Recognizes Law Firms’ Achievements at Michael Cooper Celebration of International Pro Bono Excellence

This month the Vance Center hosted its eighth annual Celebration of International Pro Bono Excellence, recognizing the pro bono achievements of six law firms and giving special recognition to ... Read More

May 31, 2023

Vance Center Launches Global Defamation Defense Program on World Press Freedom Day

The Vance Center, along with the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and other partners, this month launched Reporters Shield, a membership program to defend investigative... Read More

June 5, 2023 4:30 pm–6:30 pm

Upholding the Rule of Law through Pro Bono Work: Experiences from Latin America and Africa

The Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice and the Pro Bono Network of the Americas invite you to an in-person discussion to explore common challenges to the rule of law in both regions ... Agenda and registration