Pro Bono - The Benefits and Challenges

Pro Bono - The Benefits and Challenges


Pro Bono - The Benefits and Challenges

Date: 18-Oct-2017

How to promote a Pro Bono Culture in your firm - A Panel Discussion


Pro Bono - the Benefits and Challenges


Wednesday 18 October

Start Time

12.30pm AEDT

End Time

2.00pm AEDT

Event Location


Host Venue Details

Kindly hosted by McCabes Lawyers, Level 38, MLC Centre, 19 Martin Place, Sydney

Event Overview

Join our panel of lawyers discussing the benefits of Pro Bono work to their firms, the challenges they have faced and how to go about promoting a pro bono culture in your firm.  

Event Sponsors

Presented By

Heidi Nash-Smith, Partner, Wotton + Kearney

Heidi is a passionate advocate of pro bono and community services and her passion is contagious. Her strategic approach to effectively engaging the busy partners and staff of Wotton + Kearney to give of their time and skills speaks volumes about Heidi’s leadership skills.
Heidi joined Wotton + Kearney as an insurance lawyer in 2010. At the time Wotton + Kearney did not have a formal pro bono program, so Heidi volunteered outside work at a CLC. A year in, Heidi wanted to do more, and through consultation with the partnership it was agreed that Heidi would establish a pro bono and community program within the firm, called “Community Footprint”.
Heidi has worked tirelessly to shape the firm’s community initiatives since 2012. In recognition for her efforts, she was appointed Partner in July 2014, and in February 2016 moved into a dedicated role, focussed solely on managing and growing Community Footprint.
Luke Geary, Managing Partner, Corporate & Commercial, Salvos Legal
Luke founded Salvos Legal and Salvos Legal Humanitarian and has been Managing Partner since 2010. He leads a team of Corporate & Commercial who act for Federal & State government agencies, ASX200 listed companies, impact financiers, non-profit and religious institutions Australia-wide, and other organisations seeking to make a social impact.  Prior to founding Salvos Legal, he was a Partner at Mills Oakley Lawyers specialising in building, insurance and construction law with a substantial practice in commercial transactions and litigation.
Luke was named one of Australia’s Best Lawyers for Non-Profit/Charities Law in the 2017/2018 Best Lawyers list for the second consecutive year and was recognised as one of the 10 Most Innovative Lawyers in the Financial Times Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers 2016 awards.  He was included in Pro Bono Australia’s ‘Impact 25’ most influential people in the Australian social sector in 2015.  In 2013, Luke was awarded Managing Partner of the Year in the Australian Law Awards and in 2010 he received an Anzac of the Year award for service to the legal profession and the community.
“In founding Salvos Legal, my goal was to create a successful legal practice with a social purpose.  We pioneered a social enterprise model of law, where all of the profits from the commercial firm are used to fund a free humanitarian firm that provides holistic help for people who are disadvantaged and marginalised.  When clients engage our commercial firm, they know that they are helping provide access to justice for people who would otherwise miss out.” Luke Geary
Mitchell Coidan, Senior Associate, Piper Alderman

Mitch Coidan has practiced as a lawyer for 12 years, and is the national pro bono coordinator of national law firm Piper Alderman and a commercial litigator.
Mitch has been a member of the Human Rights Committee of the Law Society of NSW since 2013, where he has advocated in relation to issues affecting Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander people (including the over representation of indigenous people in Australian detention facilities) and on behalf of LGBTIQ identifying people. Mitch is also a member of the LGBTIQ Committee of Australian Lawyers for Human Rights.
Mitch is a member of the Law Council of Australia’s LGBTIQ Justice Project.
Mitch is a volunteer member of the Inner City Legal Centre (“ICLC”) in Kings Cross, having held that role since 2009, where he provides advice and advocacy on behalf of marginalised individuals, including indigenous and Torres Strait Islander peoples and those who identify as LGBTIQ. Mitch has specific experience assisting clients of the ICLC in relation to human rights law issues, negligence, other civil litigation and in criminal law. Mitch also advises on legal issues arising from discrimination, breach of privacy, employment and domestic violence.
Mitch is also a judge for the Law Asia International Mooting Competition.

Professional Development

Earn 1 CPD Unit/1 NZ Hour. Practice Management and Business Skills

Event Costs

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ALPMA Associates: $49.50 incl. GST

Non Members*: $99.00 Incl. GST - *Non Members must be eligible to join ALPMA

Light lunch included

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