b'BACK TO NAVIGATION2020 AusLSA Member PerformanceThis years AusLSA results demonstrate a strong stable commitment to delivery of pro bono legal services amongst AusLSAs members. Anecdotally, members have been reporting a higher interest from staff in participating in the firms programs through the twin crises of bushfire recovery and COVID impacts.Ninety-seven percent of our law firm reporting members had a formally endorsed pro bono strategy in place, with the remaining member having a strategy in development. All of these firms had a formally appointed person responsible for implementing this strategy and reporting back to the firms leadership team. The most popular pro bono program management approach amongst AusLSA members is leadership by a partner in the firm, which has increased from forty-six to sixty-five percent in the last two years. Eighty-one percent of all AusLSA members are signatories to the National Pro Bono Target (an increase from seventy-seven percent last year) with forty-seven percent of those members currently meeting the Target and a further twenty-two percent setting goal dates in which to achieve it.Challenges and OpportunitiesThe fundamental feature of a sustainable pro bono practice continues to be the strength of the relationship between a lawyer or law firm and the organisation supporting pro bono clients. The expansion of partnerships between law firms and community legal centres, pro bono referral organisations and other community organisations are key to adapting to the twin Australian Bushfire - COVID crises and the development of new effective pro bono initiatives and the provision of ongoing support A sustainable pro bono practice requires a strong pro bono culture that embraces and prioritises pro bono work and has the support of the firms leadership. For guidance on developing effective pro bono programs the Centre has published Pro bono partnerships and modelsA practical guide to What Works.The longevity of a pro bono program will be dependent on the development of best practice processes and behaviours that reflect that support. Guidance on developing a sustainable pro bono practice is provided in the Centres publication, The Australian Pro Bono ManualA practice guide and resource kit for law firms. The Manual covers the various challenges associated with pro bono legal programs and recommends tools to address them. In 2020, the Centre developed several new resources including the Pro Bono Guide to the Climate Crisis, which describes the many ways in which lawyers can get involved in pro bono work to help combat the climate crisis featuring a range of case studies from around the world. The Centre has also published the Pro Bono Guide for Individual Lawyers, a guide for lawyers interested in taking pro bono volunteer work in a personal capacity, outside of a formal employment program. The Centre has launched the Justice Project: Pro Bono Tool, which provides practical resources to source potential pro bono opportunities and form partnerships. In addition, the Centre created the Measuring Impact Hub which contains tools and resources to help the pro bono community measure the impact of pro bono work that is undertaken.Additional useful tools co-developed by the Centre include its publication, The Australian Pro Bono Best Practice Guide, which helps law firms develop, and better manage, their pro bono programs and practices.The Centre, in collaboration with a number of pro bono coordinators and with substantial input from the legal sector and experts in mental health, published the Client Management and Self-CareA Guide for Pro Bono Lawyers. This Guide is a practical resource to help firms develop sustainable pro bono programs.ASPIRATIONAL TARGET SIGNATORY TARGET PROGRESSYes 81% No 19% Target currently met 48% Goal date has been set 23%No date currently set 29%41'