"What makes the desert beautiful," said the little prince, "is that somewhere it hides a well...." ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
The legal profession is both a business and a calling. Popular stereotypes of lawyers readily conjure up images of the former, understanding of the latter is more elusive. While it is true that legal practice has been known to provide material benefits for some, something a bit less tangible and far more noble draws a significant number of us to study and to practice law, namely, the desire to advocate on behalf of those in need to change bad situations for the better, whether in a single client’s life or in the world at large. As with so many of life’s dreamers, legal professionals often begin their careers with the best intentions, but lose sight of their noble goals amid the challenges life presents along the way.
But wait. What if it were possible for those who have legal training, legal experience, and a heart to make positive change to put their legal talents to meaningful use in parts of the world where they are needed most, whether near or far, and whether as practicing lawyers or other legal professionals, law students, law professors, or even former lawyers who retired or left the practice of law to raise families? Realizing the powerful implications of the answer to this question is the purpose and the promise of The Global Pro Bono Bar Association (“The Global Pro Bono Bar”). The Global Pro Bono Bar is about working to channel pools of good will and excess legal capacity that often lay waste in globalization’s legal landscape into transnational pipelines, supporting local advocates struggling to do good in areas thirsty for public interest legal support around the globe. At the same time, it is also about reclaiming the noble dreams of those who once came to the law to make a difference, making it possible for them to rediscover their own wells in the desert.
Are you looking for a way to make a difference with your legal skills? Join The Global Pro Bono Bar Association today.