Pro Bono Declaration of the Americas Adds 7 New Signatories

February 2024

Seven law firms from five Latin American countries signed the Pro Bono Declaration of the Americas in February, adding to the more than 570 signatory firms to this landmark agreement.

The Vance Center is pleased to announce the addition of seven new signatories to the Pro Bono Declaration of the Americas (PBDA), a unique accord that promotes and strengthens a culture of pro bono work across Latin America’s legal landscape.  

The new signatory firms are: 

Established by the Vance Center in 2008, the PBDA commits signatories to an average of at least 20 hours of pro bono work per lawyer every year. To date, the agreement has been signed by more than 570 law firms, organizations, law schools and other entities, and has facilitated tens of thousands of hours of work on pro bono projects by thousands of lawyers throughout the hemisphere. 

The 2023 edition of the Vance Center’s annual survey of pro bono practice in Latin America, conducted jointly with Latin Lawyer, found that respondents view the PBDA as one of the best mechanisms to ensure firms continue actively contributing to the development and evolution of pro bono in the region. More than 80% of respondent firms that had not yet signed the Declaration said they were considering doing so. That widespread interest is reflected in the continued expansion of the list of signatories year after year.