As part of Law Week, Andrew Cappie-Wood, Secretary of the Department of Justice, joined the Chief Justice of New South Wales, Tom Bathurst, and around 400 others on a crisp Tuesday morning in Sydney to walk from the fountain in Hyde Park to the Domain raising awareness of the importance of pro bono work in the legal profession.
National Pro Bono Day takes place every year on the first Tuesday of Law Week. On this day, Walks for Justice are held simultaneously across the country to support and raise funds for local pro bono referral organisations.
In Sydney the walk was organised by Justice Connect. Justice Connect delivers access to justice through pro bono legal services to people experiencing disadvantage and the community organisations that support them. The theme for Justice Connect's ninth Walk for Justice in Sydney is 'Why are YOU walking?' highlighting stories of the very real difference that pro bono assistance can make to people's lives. Walks were also organised in Melbourne and Newcastle. Funds raised will help Justice Connect provide free legal assistance to people experiencing unmet legal need as well as not-for-profit community organisations in Victoria and New South Wales.
This week will see more than 100 events are held around New South Wales to promote public understanding of the law and its role in society. Law Week provides opportunities for community members to understand their rights and their responsibilities and feel confident in seeking out help when necessary.
In recent times, Law Week has expanded activities across an entire year. For more information about events related to Law Week, see the National Law Week website and the NSW Law Society calendar of events.