Italy PRO BONO Day – Third Edition

The third edition of the Italy Pro Bono Day has been organised by Pro Bono Italia, Hogan Lovells, Legance – Avvocati Associati, Orrick, CILD, CSVnet, PILnet, European Pro Bono Alliance, European Pro Bono Initiative and TrustLaw.

The event, which was held via Zoom platform, was part of the second edition of the European Pro Bono Week, which ran from 23 November 2020 and involved over 15 cities across the continent.

This edition was attended by 164 participants (remotely), representing 36 law firms, 25 associations, 3 universities and legal clinics, and 5 companies.

We thank the speakers and participants for making this day a success. Next event: mid-February 2021 for the 37th Italian Pro Bono Roundtable.

25th NOVEMBER 2020

10:30 – 18:00

Roma / Online




The third edition of the Italy Pro Bono Day was attended by 164 participants: 107 sole practitioners and law Firms, 6 university students, 3 corporate lawyers, 40 representatives of NGOs and Third Sector entities, 1 representative of the Bar Associations, 3 universities and legal clinics, and 4 representatives of clearinghouses. In addition it is worth to mention 7 thousand interactions on social networks, 1 dedicated radio program (the episode streamed on 24 November 2020 by the program “Due di Denari” on Radio24), 5 publications on major national newspapers (including the edition of 23 November 2020 of Il Sole 24 Ore), 9 areas of law covered, 3 sessions and workshops. As the numbers show, the impact of the event has been very positive.

In particular, the legal training sessions held in the morning were considered very useful by the participants belonging to the world of NGOs and the Third Sector, to which they were specifically addressed. Our speakers, sole practitioners and law Firms members of Pro Bono Italia, provided the participants with useful information and advice on 9 distinct areas of Italian law (emergency legislation, company law with a specific focus on non-profit associations and organizations, Third Sector reform, bankruptcy law, personal data protection and intellectual property, labour law, real estate, succession law and immigration law).

At the 36th Italian Pro Bono Roundtable, held at lunchtime, 6 NGOs and associations, new to our network, had the opportunity to present their experiences and activities, exploring the possibility of concrete collaborations with Pro Bono Italia. Also during the Roundtable, there was the presentation of the annual reports of the clearinghouses of CILD and CSVnet, as well as Pro Bono Italia, during which the results achieved in 2020 were illustrated, as well as the objectives and projects planned for 2021.

Finally, the afternoon seminar “Post fata resurgo: lesson learned (or still to be learned?) from the health emergency”, organized in collaboration with The Good Lobby Italy, was a great success. It dealt with the impact of the Covid-19 health emergency on the world of work (also from the perspective of pro bono), of economy and finance, how the use of technology is increasingly changing our lives, and the role of civil society organisations in directing the resources of the Recovery Fund. Moderated by Giovanni Carotenuto (President of Pro Bono Italia), Federico Anghelé (Head of The Good Lobby Italia) and Antonello Cherchi (journalist for Il Sole 24 Ore), the seminar was attended, as speakers, by ten leading figures from academia, professions, economics and finance, technology, non-profit organizations: Stefania Capogna, Associate Professor at Link Campus University, Sociology of Labour; Stefano da Empoli, President of I-com and Professor of Political Economy at the Roma 3 University, Economics; Alessandra Losito, Managing Director for Italy of Pictet Wealth Management, Finance; Oreste Pollicino, Professor of Constitutional Law and LL.M. Director in Internet Technologies at Bocconi University, and Member of the Executive Board, European Agency for Fundamental Rights, Technology; Alberto Luna, Executive Partner of Talent Garden, Innovation; Marco Ronchi, Professor of Digital Strategy at the School of Design and Managing Partner of the Master in Digital Strategy at the Politecnico of Milan, Digital Strategy; Antonella Inverno, Head of Childhood and Adolescence Policies Italy-EU, Save the Children Italy, No-profit; Antonino Galletti, President of the Council of the Bar Association of Rome, Lawyer; Pietro Galizzi, ENI Gas e Luce, Head of Legal of a listed Group’s company; and Cecilia Carrara, Legance – Avvocati Associati, Pro bono Partner of a Law Firm.