Vance Center Presents at PILNet Global Forum
Two Vance Center staffers attended and participated in multiple panels at the 2023 PILNet Global Forum, held on October 16-18, in Brussels, Belgium.
Vance Center Senior Manager of International Diversity and Pro Bono Programs Karina Benzaquen and Latin America Policy Director Jaime Chávez Alor at the PILNet Global Forum in Brussels. Photo: Vance Center
Senior Manager of International Diversity and Pro Bono Programs Karina Benzaquen and Latin America Policy Director Jaime Chávez Alor joined hundreds of lawyers and advocates from around the world who convened for three days of workshops, presentations, and in-depth panel discussions.
Benzaquen presented on the Latin American perspective during a panel discussion with clearinghouse professionals, entitled “Clearinghouses in Times of Crisis – Clearinghouses in Shrinking Democracies.” She was accompanied by panelists Funmi Ayeni from the Public Interest Law Partnership in Nigeria and Catherine Danilchanka of Legal Hub, an online clearinghouse from Belarus.
Chávez Alor participated in two panels. In the first, “Corporate and Transactional Pro Bono: Benefits, Challenges, Tips, and Traps,” he addressed how civil society organizations can better access the skills of private practice and in-house lawyers. The panel, moderated by Nancy Marchand of Davis Polk, also included Matteo Yoon of Herbert Smith Freehills and Steph Muchai of the International Lawyers Project.
The second session offered an interactive space for participants to learn more about organizing their own Pro Bono Day or Week event. The panel, moderated by Toby Brown, Chair of the UK’s Pro Bono Week organizing committee, featured Chávez Alor and Ayeni, along with other panelists Gabriela Christian-Hare of the Australian Pro Bono Centre, Tanguy Lim from Pro Bono Singapore, Thomson Reuters Foundation’s Hana Farhat, and PILNet program manager Giulia Patane.