In February, nine legal professionals from the Philippines visited Chicago through the U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program to study the way the U.S. handles legal issues in both public and private organizations.
A highlight of their professional itinerary was a meeting with Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (CVLS), where they heard about the importance of Pro Bono in the U.S.
As reported by CVLS, “Executive Director Meg Benson talked about CVLS’ beginnings and growth, how we take on and manage cases, volunteer and client management, as well as advice for young legal professionals looking to start their own socially conscious practices.”
Many of the delegates have their own start-up law clinics for low-income and the vulnerable peoples in the Philippines. The visit allowed them to gain perspective on an organization committed to similar values and mission as their own. The meeting was also interesting in terms of highlighting how the volunteer lawyers canvas the city’s communities in order to publicize their willingness to support prospective clients.
This program was made up of law students and legal professionals representing various institutions based in Mindanao in the Southern Philippines. The purpose of their trip was to provide them with political, academic, economic, and social perspectives on conflict resolution, peace studies, and legal services in the United States. It also enabled them to gain a better understanding of U.S. government agencies and public and private organizations in regards to diplomacy and dispute mediation.
— Ann Szeliga, WorldChicago
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