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.

Register now for our June Sprint!

Equity & Opportunity for Vulnerable Populations

In this June series of Justice in Action Pro Bono Sprints, we will focus on equity & opportunity for vulnerable populations. Like so much of our Firm’s pro bono work, the communities and populations we serve are often victimized and under-supported due to race, ethnicity, gender, identity, poverty level and circumstance. This four-hour sprint will be full of pro bono opportunities focused on serving these populations in unique ways.


June 18
Tuesday
9 am - 1 pm HKT

Register for APAC

June 19
Wednesday
1 pm - 5 pm CEST

Register for EMEA

June 20
Thursday
9 am - 1 pm PDT

Register for the Americas



Project Descriptions

Real Rights: A City-By-City Guide for Youth Interacting with Police
APAC and EMEA only | For the benefit of Global Initiative on Justice with Children

In this time of a racial justice awakening around the world, Real Rights aims to create city-specific guides for youth interacting with police to inform and empower them about their rights. Our goal is for youth in contact with law enforcement to have a clear handle on what the law says the police can and cannot do and what young people must do to assert their own rights. It will include consideration of state, federal and even municipal/local laws.

Myth Busting: "Conversion Therapy" Torture of LGBTQ+ Youth
APAC and EMEA only | For the benefit of Lambda Legal

We will examine so-called "Conversion Therapy" laws and practices in select countries where there is a dearth of information about this practice. Our goal is to understand the country conditions that include these false "psychological" treatments and how they are used to hurt children based on a theory that they can falsely stop them from being LGBTQ+.

Fighting to Survive: LGBTQ+ Trafficking Survivors and Victims
Americas only | For the benefit of Lambda Legal

In this project, Lambda Legal has asked volunteers to identify coalitions/groups/networks in each state and to determine whether or to what extent their work is inclusive of the needs and experiences of LGBTQ+ youth.

Electric School Buses: An equitable approach to getting children to school for a healthier planet
Americas only | For the benefit of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

Electrifying school buses can help school districts cut costs, provide healthier and more equitable rides for children, and reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions. Volunteers will examine air quality in school districts that have been able to electrify their fleet, map the electrification of fleets to understand what is and isn’t working, chart out successful clean school bus legislation and legislative efforts across the country, and explore legal options for communities where electrification has been unsuccessful.

Help Create a Homeless Youth Handbook for Nevada!
Americas only | For the benefit of Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth

The Homeless Youth Handbook provides practical and accessible legal resources for homeless youth across targeted states, covering 20 substantive areas of law relevant to homeless youth. Join this team to help create a brand new Homeless Youth Handbook for the state of Nevada!


View more details on our June Sprint for Equity & Opportunity for Vulnerable Populations.




Pre-registration is open for October and December Sprints

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Asia Pacific

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October 15
Tuesday
9 am - 1 pm HKT

Register for APAC

October 16
Wednesday
1 pm - 5 pm CEST

Register for EMEA

October 17
Thursday
9 am - 1 pm PDT

Register for the Americas



December 10
Tuesday
9 am - 1 pm HKT

Register for APAC

December 11
Wednesday
1 pm - 5 pm CET

Register for EMEA

December 12
Thursday
9 am - 1 pm PT

Register for the Americas


More details including project options will be available closer to the event date.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Justice in Action?

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"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!

Is Justice in Action a non-profit organization? Is it a registered entity for donating or volunteering platforms?

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Justice in Action is a pro bono project of Baker McKenzie and not a non-profit. We will inform volunteers the non-profit organization clients for whom each project is completed. If your organization uses a donating or volunteering platform to record time for pro bono, we kindly ask that you directly nominate or record your time to the organization that we will provide (not Baker McKenzie or Justice in Action).

What projects will be offered at these Justice in Action sprints?

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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?

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CLE credit is usually available for the substantive training (1.0 hour).

How is Justice in Action being conducted virtually?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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 • Booking.com • 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!

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