On 16 February 2015 I commenced a one month legal internship with DLA Piper’s Pro Bono law practice in Sydney.
To celebrate Global Pro Bono Week, we are posting a series of blogs from lawyers from various offices internationally about their pro bono matters and experience.
This week we hear from Richard Obank, Restructuring Location Head in the Leeds office, UK.
“Wow!” I think that’s what I said when the pro bono team approached me about this project. I was thinking, “don’t let them remember I’m just a first year.” Truthfully, I didn’t even know how to properly pronounce amicus (uh-me-cuss?) curiae (curry?). But whatever self-doubt I may have had about my ability to help draft such an important brief for the US Supreme Court was washed away when I met DLA Piper partner, Elizabeth Ritter.
This month marks the end of the 20-year-old practice in Texas of criminalizing children for missing school. DLA Piper had the privilege of providing pro bono support to Texas Appleseed surrounding this crucial truancy reform. The power and the impact of Texas Appleseed’s work on truancy reform cannot be overstated.