Queensland Law Society

QPILCH celebrates 15 years of pro bono

Queensland Law Society congratulates the Queensland Public Interest Law Clearing House (QPILCH) and the volunteer practitioners who have helped it to achieve a 15-year milestone in the provision of pro bono services to the community. A special publication, 15 Years of Law Firm Pro Bono in Queensland 2001-2016, has been released to mark the occasion.

It features a message from QLS president Bill Potts, who thanks those who have selflessly worked pro bono to contribute to the community.

“The highest embodiment of a lawyer’s duty to the administration of justice is to help those in need navigate the legal labyrinth simply because they need us, not because they pay us,” he says.

“In 2015-2016, Queensland solicitors undertook a total of 290,154.4 hours of pro bono work, which is an increase of 88.7% from last year’s figure.”

Through their pro bono work, Queensland solicitors strive to help homeless people and those at risk of homelessness, people suffering from mental ill-health, young people transitioning from state care to independence, refugees and others who cannot afford legal representation or obtain legal aid.

QLS is proud to coordinate with QPILCH, as it supports the QLS vision of advocating good law and supporting good lawyers.