The Justice in Action Pro Bono Sprint is a community day of action that brings together volunteers from different entities to work together on substantive pro bono projects. You will have the opportunity to work on projects under key areas that need advocacy:
- Children's rights are human rights
- Equity and opportunity for vulnerable populations
- Strengthening justice systems and communities
All work related to the Sprint is conducted during the Sprint. Volunteers are trained at the start of the session and then divided into small teams to work on specific assignments. The volunteers wrap their work after three hours, then come together to reflect on the substantive legal work.
2024 Community Sprints
Our 2024 Community Sprints will commence on February 26 to 29 this year. Please email our pro bono team if you have questions or if you would like to be added to our distribution list.
|9 am - 1 pm PT
|2 pm - 6 pm CET
|10 am - 2 pm HKT
"Lift The Limit": Examining Statutes of Limitations for Child Sexual Assault Crimes
APAC, EMEA and Americas
In order to create a first-of-its-kind map of the global landscape of statutes of limitations for this tragic defense against child victims, this project asks volunteers to find out where different countries are in the campaign to eliminate the statute of limitations for sexual offenses against children.
Climate Injustice for Children
APAC, EMEA and Americas
Volunteers will be examining specific questions in different jurisdictions to evaluate the status of legal structures focused on environmental rights of children including the right to freedom of association and peaceful assembly, rule of law by the administration of justice and access to the courts, criminal justice rights affected by urbanistic change transforming crime prevention, and more.
Youth Advocacy: I AM HERE! Vital Documents and Identification
APAC and EMEA only
Having no vital identification documents is the number one concern raised by youth who have experienced homelessness. We are working to analyze these crucial identification questions for the National Network for Youth and the Global Initiative on Justice With Children for this project.
Justice for Girls: Understanding State Laws Impacting Survivors of Gender Based Violence
Working alongside the Center on Gender Justice & Opportunity at Georgetown Law, we are creating a comprehensive resource that offers a full accounting of these laws to facilitate effective advocacy for girls who are detained after surviving gender-based violence.
Save the Date!
Earth Day Sprints
Other Justice in Action Sprints
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Justice in Action?
"Justice in Action" is our name for a legal sprint - a short set of hours where volunteers work together on pro bono projects - virtually - just as they might at a live clinic. The term "sprint" just means that the event will be short and full of content. When the time is up, each volunteer's commitment is complete, even if they are not finished. We will pick up the remaining work at the next event!
What projects will be offered at these Justice in Action sprints?
The virtual format and collection of many volunteers at one time allows us to do more than one project at each sprint. The projects we are working on in the sprints are not direct representation, but rather focused on research and analysis to create capacity-building tools for vulnerable populations and others who need to understand the law.
Is CLE credit offered?
CLE credit is usually available for the substantive training (1.0 hour).
How is Justice in Action being conducted virtually?
Participants work together using Zoom as a communication tool and Miro boards as a working collaboration tool. A Miro board is an online whiteboard that allows everyone to work on the same platform at the same time seeing each other's work. Everyone works on the same board during the sprint and all the materials and work product is on that board. It is easy to get a free account at www.miro.com.
Who can attend the Justice in Action sprints?
All are welcome! Justice in Action is open to in-house lawyers and professionals - no experience or legal expertise is needed. Projects will cover multiple jurisdictions - folks can come from anywhere to join this virtual event.
Do participants have to stay for the entire Justice in Action session?
Given the nature of the work to be completed, we ask all participants to stay for the duration. Every participant is an essential part of each project team!
Do participants need any experience, pre-work or training in advance?
No. The first hour of the session will include training on the project and on the online platform we use to input the legal research findings (Miro). Volunteers need not do anything in advance of the Justice in Action session to prepare! We have run Justice in Action upwards of 100+ times and our participants consistently feel fully prepared when they complete the training!
Will participants be working in a group or alone?
Everyone will work in teams. If you are coming with colleagues, please note on the Zoom registration that you are participating as a team with your colleagues and note the name of your company or individuals with whom you'd like to work. If you are coming solo or are happy to work with other organizations, please note on the Zoom registration that you are participating as an individual and we will gladly team you up with other participants.
What do participants do when the Justice in Action session is over?
You are done! If your group did not finish your assigned section, others will complete it after the sprint. If you want to continue working on the project on your own time, we welcome that and can make arrangements with volunteers individually by email after the session.
Pro Bono Institute Recognizes Baker McKenzie’s commitment to Justice in Action
We have been recognized as a 2023 Corporate Pro Bono (CPBO) Partner Awardee for work undertaken through its Justice In Action initiative, alongside a host of corporate clients, who share Baker McKenzie’s commitment to social justice.
Join our growing list of Justice in Action corporate participants:
3M • AbbVie • Accenture • Amcor Flexibles Asia Pacific • American International Group, Inc. • Aon plc • Apple • Autodesk Inc. • Avanade • Avangrid, Inc. • BMO • BNY Mellon • Boston Scientific Corporation • BP p.l.c. • Legal Team of China Unicom (Europe) • dentsu • Dun & Bradstreet • Entain plc • Eviden • Google LLC • Health Care Service Corporation • HP Inc. • JPMorgan Chase & Co. • Kyndryl Inc. • Logitech • Merck & Co., Inc. • Meta • Pacific Gas and Electric Company • PayPal • Regeneron • Salesforce • Spotify • State Street Corporation • Thomson Reuters • WTW • XREAL • Zebra Technologies
Has your organization participated in Justice in Action? Please let us know and email our pro bono team if you'd like to be recognized!