What was the Opportunity In 2013 A&L Goodbody sought support from the Public Interest Law Alliance ( PILA ) to source a project that would address an unmet legal need in Irish society.They were matched with the Irish Refugee Council’s ( IRC ) Independent Law Centre (Law Centre) to develop a unique pro bono service for people
2013 – To support the long term diversification of our recruitment pool and help young people in our local community be aware of the professional services career opportunities available to them, A&L Goodbody created a bespoke educational programme which gives students aged between 15 and 17 the opportunity to avail of a work placement in the Firm. During the 2012/2013 school year, we partnered with three schools from our local community
2013 – A&L Goodbody’s pro bono practice is at the centre of our community programme called Step Up. We ask all our solicitors to engage in at least 15 hours per year in CR activities which includes pro bono work.
2013 – A pilot project was conducted in April 2012, during which Suas trained 11 A&L Goodbody mentors to work with school children from St Vincent’s Girls School in Dublin, utilising a proven computer based literacy intervention called AcceleRead AcceleWrite. Following evaluation, 8 of the 11 participants displayed increased reading ability and confidence.