Pro bono credits could bridge the justice gap

31 Oct 2017

For the second consecutive year, a University of Queensland law student has claimed the Colin Biggers & Paisley Foundation’s Access to Justice (A2J) Prize.

Ryan Godfrey from the TC Beirne School of Law was the joint 2017 prize winner, sharing the honour with a student from Australian National University.

Applicants were tasked with producing a 1000 word essay or video blog on a new, innovative way that law firms can use pro bono legal work to address an unmet legal need.

Mr Godfrey’s prize-winning essay explored the concept of a pro bono trading scheme, where credits are awarded for pro bono work which can be traded among firms or used to purchase billable work.

The final-year law student said the scheme could create “transformational change” in the legal sector, helping to bridge the justice gap for clients who fail to qualify for legal aid.

Read full story on the TC Beirne School of Law website

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