What we do

Training on Social Responsibility in the legal profession

 

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Fernando Pombo Foundation, in its intention to promote Social Responsibility in the Legal Profession (SRLP), presents a new academic and disseminating project for Law students, so they can understand the meaning of the SRLP and to get familiarized with the activities, contents and practices that are encompassed within this denomination, putting a special emphasis on the pro bono work.

In that way, the Foundation aims to reach prospective lawyers in order to place the message of the SRLP into the academic content and other teaching materials necessary for the preparation before the beginning of the legal career. Besides this, the project is launched as a formula to increase the social awareness and the values of this profession.

In order to achieve successful results, the Foundation is collaborating with the leading national universities, organizing workshops and seminars for graduate and postgraduate Law students. These sessions are executed in two ways: the first one is within the academic program-as a part of a school subject; and the other one is thru extraordinary classes denominated as Special sessions or Master Sessions)

 

SESSIONS AND COURSES

Sesión formativa en la Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

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La Fundación Fernando Pombo ha participado por segundo año consecutivo en el Máster de Acceso a la Abogacía de la Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, impartiendo la charla «La función social de la abogacía en la Fundación Fernando Pombo».

La sesión, impartida por Carmen Pombo y Rafael Merino, directora y coordinador de proyectos de la Fundación, respectivamente, se dividió en tres bloques: en el primero, se analizaron los grandes desafíos globales y el papel de la abogacía. En el segundo, abordó la función social de la abogacía desde un punto de vista ético y deontológico. Y en el tercero, se explicó la misión e iniciativas de la Fundación Fernando Pombo, para el desarrollo de la fundación social de la abogacía. Para terminar, los alumnos desarrollaron un caso práctico sobre los aspectos claves que han de tener en cuenta los abogados para la implementación por parte de las empresas de los Principios Rectores de Naciones Unidas para las empresas y los derechos humanos.


 

Jornada “La Función Social de la Abogacía: el Pro-Bono” en la Universidad de Alcalá

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La Fundación ha participado en la Jornada de formación «La Función Social de la Abogacía: el Pro-Bono» en la Universisad de Alcalá, organizada por su clínica legal.

La Fundación colabora estrechamente con esta clínica legal desde 2013, en el marco de su proyecto MULTIPLÍCATE. Nuestro representante en esta cita fue Ana Higuera, abogada y coordinadora del Canal Pro Bono de la Fundación.

PROGRAMA

14:45 – 15:00 Presentación.

15:00 – 15:30 Javier Carvajal, El Pro-Bono en un despacho de abogados: la experiencia del despacho Cuatrecasas – Gonçalves Pereira.

15:30 – 16:00 Ana Higuera, El Pro-Bono en una fundación: la experiencia de la Fundación Fernando Pombo.

16:00 – 16:30 Miguel A. Ramiro, El Pro-Bono en la Universidad: la experiencia de la Clínica Legal de la Universidad de Alcalá.

16:30 – 16:45 Descanso.

16:45 – 17:45 Mesa Redonda, El Pro-Bono visto desde los beneficiarios: María Teresa Tejera Gimeno, Asociación Síndrome Hemolítico Urémico; José María Ramos, Esclerosis Múltiple España; representante de CESIDA.


 

Openclass en UNIR sobre cómo elaborar un informe jurídico

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Inés Fontes, abogada responsable del área de modelos de Gestión del Conocimiento en Gómez Acebo-Pombo Abogados y colaboradora habitual de la Fundación, impartió la sesión formativa «Cómo redactar un informe jurídico profesional», dirigida a alumnos de Grado de Derecho y Máster de Acceso a la Abogacía de la Universidad Internacional de La Rioja (UNIR). La sesión fue una iniciativa de la Clínica Jurídica UNIR-Fundación Fernando Pombo, partiendo de la experiencia de los casos e informes desarrollados en la clínica jurídica.


 

Seminario sobre la Responsabilidad Social de la Abogacía en la Universidad de Valencia

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La Fundación participa un año más en la asignatura de Dirección Estratégica del doble Grado de Administración y Dirección de Empresas y Derecho de la Universidad de Valencia, impartiendo un seminario específico sobre «La Responsabilidad Social de la Abogacía (RSA) y el trabajo pro bono».

El seminario fue organizado conjuntamente por en Valencia la Fundación y la oficina de Gómez-Acebo & Pombo en Valencia. Por parte de la Fundación participaron Rafael Merino —economista y coordinador de proyectos y comunicación— y Cristina Puigdengolas —abogada y Responsable del proyecto Derechos Humanos y Empresas: el papel de la abogacía—, y por parte de Gómez-Acebo & Pombo, los abogados Jose Manuel Palau, socio del Área de Derecho Público, Marta Cantos, abogada del Área de Derecho Procesal y Arbitraje y Clara Molina, abogada del Área de Derecho Laboral.

Este seminario se enmarca dentro del programa MULTIPLÍCATE, mediante el cual la Fundación promueve el compromiso social entre los futuros abogados, desarrollando actividades formativas, de sensibilización e impulso de clínicas jurídicas.


 

Sesión formativa en el IE University

El lunes 17 de octubre, Cristina Puigdengolas —abogada y Responsable del proyecto Derechos Humanos y Empresas: el papel de la abogacía—, impartió una sesión de formación y sensibilización en el IE University a estudiantes de Grado en Derecho.

Esta sesión se enmarca en el programa MULTIPLÍCATE de la Fundación, a través del cual pretende sensibilizar e implicar hoy a los abogados del futuro, en la defensa de derechos de los más desfavorecidas.


 
Course: “Business Ethics: the new role of corporate lawyers”. McGeorge School of Law

The Foundation has conveyed a course within the framework of the summer courses this prestigious university organizes every year in Salzburg, Austria.

This course addresses the new role of corporate lawyers, socially responsible according to modern theories of legal ethics and the UN recommendations. The course revises the opportunities and challenges for corporate lawyers, both in-house attorneys and those in law firms, in a globalized world. Finally, it reports good practices for lawyers in order to respond to negative impacts caused by human rights violations of multinational companies, and preventive good practices to avoid them. The course examines the legal, ethical, policy, soft law and jurisprudential issues associated with these matters.

For more information about the course, please visit http://tinyurl.com/jo6sopl


Speakers at the “Global Carrer Week” at Universidad Europa de Madrid

The Fernando Pombo Foundation was invited to participate in the “Global Career Week”, an initiative organized by the Universidad Europea de Madrid (UEM) in order to show its last years students the possibilities they have when they finish their studies.

The Foundation was part of the panel “Working from compromise: NGO’s and professional careers”, which took place on April 26, 2016, in the UEM.

More information here.


The Fernando Pombo Foundation is part of the video “Why study Law?” of the Universidad de Navarra

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Lecture “Social responsibility in the legal proffesion”

For the fourth consecutive year, the Fernando Pombo Foundation took part in the Bachelor of Law of IE University by giving a lecture on SRLP. Some key concepts in this field, involving issues such as social responsibility, pro bono and some other relevant aspects of a responsible and sustainable practice of the legal profession, both for practicing lawyers as for future lawyers, were analyzed.

This lecture is part of the Academic Training Program in Social Responsibility of the Legal Profession of Fernando Pombo Foundation.


“Social Responsibility in the legal proffesion and pro bono work” session

The Fernando Pombo Foundation launched the 2016 Academic Training Programme in Social Responsibility of the Legal Profession, giving a conference for the Masters Degree Programme for Access to the Legal Profession students at Navarra University.


Course: “The Legal Profession in the 21st Century and the Solidary Lawyer. Basic Notions of Social Responsibility”.

For the fourth year in a row, the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM), the Autonomous University Foundation, the Madrid Bar Association and the Professor Uría, Cuatrecasas, Fernando Pombo and Garrigues Foundations are organizing the course “The Legal Profession in the 21st Century and the Solidary Lawyer. Basic Notions of Social Responsibility”.

This course is based on four fundamental concepts:

  • Lawyers are capable of transforming the society in which they work, by promoting an improvement in the rights and access to justice of the neediest.
  • Future lawyers need to understand the role of corporate social responsibility as part of their normal professional activity;
  • The legal profession, like the corporate sector, needs to include social responsibility measures in its strategic plan;
  • Training in corporate social responsibility encourages interaction between the so-called volunteer sector and the legal profession.

The course consists of 20 classroom hours, divided among the following modules: Social Responsibility, Free Legal Assistance in Spain, Human Rights, Pro Bono and Professional Deontolog (lecture given by Fernando Pombo Foundation).

More information here.


“Social responsibility in the legal profession and pro bono work” session.

15th December, 2015. The Foundation’s collaboration with the University of Cantabria has initiated with a session for law students on the development of social responsibility in the legal profession and pro bono work in Spain. Special emphasis was put on the main trends in the sector related with human rights and the fight against poverty and inequality.


Social Responsibility in the Legal Profession and pro bono work: a practical vision

During November 2015, the Fernando Pombo Foundation participated in four training sessions for the Masters Degree Programme for Access to the Legal Profession students at ICADE. These sessions constitute a great opportunity to highlight the social responsibility in the legal profession and also to promote and provide the adequate tools and key instruments to be a socially committed lawyer.


Seminar “Ethics in business”

April 23rd 2015. Faculty of Law, University of Castilla La Mancha.

The General Foundation of the University of Castilla La Mancha in collaboration with the Institute of Conflict Resolutions of the Faculty of Law and Social Sciences of Ciudad Real have set up a new round of Seminars known as “The ethical dimension on a globalized world” aimed at gathering outstanding professionals in order to deal with current issues in the spotlight and to provide information and content about such situations globally, as well as their relation to our society.

What is Corporate Social Responsibility? Why is CSR key to the future of business? How is SR linked to the legal profession? The Fernando Pombo Foundation tried to answer these and other questions in the Seminar “Ethics in business”, by sharing its point of view and practical experience in the field of the SRLP.


UNIJES “Law and Poverty” Forum

March 11th 2015. Comillas Pontifical University (Madrid).

The Fernando Pombo Foundation aims to promote a committed legal profession against the injustices of the world, such as poverty. Through the Fernando Pombo Foundation’s projects we look for solutions, by means of Law, to social issues that affect the most vulnerable sections of the population.

In this sense, the Conference was organized in March, held by the Faculties of Law of Comillas Pontifical University of Madrid, University of Deusto, Ramon Llull University and Andalusia Loyola Univiersity. This forum sought to promote multidisciplinary legal considerations about the challenges that Law faces due to poverty situations that are increasingly emerging in our society.

The Fernando Pombo Foundation participated in Table 1: “Poverty and the Welfare state: public policy and public services”.


Talk in IE University about Social Responsibility of the Legal Profession

March 5th 2015. IE University Campus in Segovia.

For the third consecutive year, the Fernando Pombo Foundation took part in the Bachelor of Law of IE University by giving a lecture on SRLP. Some key concepts in this field, involving issues such as social responsibility, pro bono and some other relevant aspects of a responsible and sustainable practice of the legal profession, both for practicing lawyers as for future lawyers, were analyzed.


Conference: “Social Responsibility in the Legal Profession and pro bono work”

January 19th 2015. Faculty of Law of the Carlos III University of Madrid.

For the second consecutive year, the Foundation participated in the Master for obtaining the qualification so as to access the legal profession of the Carlos III University of Madrid, with a master class on social commitment of the legal profession.


Conference at the UEM: “Social Responsibility in the Legal Profession and Pro Bono Work”

18 December, 2014. Faculty of Law, European University of Madrid.

As part of the Masters Degree for Access to the Legal Profession, the Fernando Pombo Foundation gave a conference to 50 students on social responsibility in the legal profession and the ways in which lawyers can apply their knowledge to social progress, with a practical vision of what pro bono work is in Spain. The conference was given by Joaquín García-Romanillos, the Chairman of the Foundation, Carmen Pombo, the Director, and Rafa Merino, the Project Coordinator.


Seminar: “Corporate Social Responsibility and pro bono: the case of Gómez-Acebo & Pombo”

28 November, 2014. Faculty of Economics, University of Valencia.

In collaboration with the Strategic Management Course of the University of Valencia (double-degree program in Business Management and Law), representatives of Gómez-Acebo & Pombo and the Fernando Pombo Foundation gave a seminar entitled “Corporate Social Responsibility and pro bono: the case of Gómez-Acebo & Pombo”, which dealt with a highly topical issue for companies from a strategic point of view: the importance of incorporating corporate social responsibility into their strategic management. The seminar specifically analysed the special characteristics of this tendency at law firms and, in particular, the way in which corporate social responsibility is handled at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo.

Participants:

  • Carmen Pombo. Director of the Fernando Pombo Foundation.
  • Clara Molina. Junior lawyer at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo. Degree in Business Administration & Law Valencia University.
  • Julia Hernández. Junior lawyer at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo. Degree in Business Administration & Law Valencia University.

Organisers:

  • María Iborra. Doble Degree in Business Administration & Law.
  • Consuelo Dolz. Strategic Management, Business Administration & Law
  • Luz Sánchez. Strategic Management, Business Administration & Law.

This seminar took place within the framework of the Fernando Pombo Foundations’s “Training Program on Social Responsibility in the Legal Profession”, aimed at promoting social responsibility among future lawyers in Spain.


Social Responsibility in the Legal Profession and pro bono work: a practical vision

7, 12, 14, 18 and 21 November, 2014. Faculty of Law, Universidad Pontificia Comillas (ICADE).

The Fernando Pombo Foundation gave five training sessions on Social Responsibility in the Legal Profession (SRLP) to students in the Masters Degree Programme for Access to the Legal Profession at ICADE. The sessions, which were coordinated by Carmen Pombo, the Director of the Fernando Pombo Foundation, were intended to give students a more practical vision of SRLP and pro bono work, through the Foundation’s experience and current projects as well as testimony from some of its pro bono collaborators.

For more information on the Fernando Pombo Foundation’s SRLP Training Programme,
click here.


Course: “Charitable legal practice. Social responsibility in the legal profession”.

May 9, 23 & 30, 15:30-20:00 hrs. Classroom 40.063 of Pompeu Fabra University School of Law. Barcelona.

Social responsibility is a contribution to social, economic and environmental progress, which, though voluntary, is becoming an essential part of any 21st century company. Regarding the legal profession, not only is it not indifferent to this contribution, its unique characteristics such as knowledge of the legal system and constant contact with cases of injustice and inequality call attorneys to play a fundamental role as leaders and an examples in this act of solidarity.

With the aim of recognizing the value of social responsibility associated with the practice of law and to spread awareness of the key tools and instruments to be a “socially responsible attorney”, the Pompeu Fabra University School of Law and the Fernando Pombo Foundation have joined forces to organize the course “CHARITABLE LEGAL PRACTICE. SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IN THE LEGAL PROFESSION”.

The topics of study in this course are the following:

  • Social Responsibility and the Non-Profit Sector
  • The System of legal orientation and assistance in Spain.
  • Professional ethics.
  • Right to a Defense.
  • Social Responsibility in the Legal Sector.
  • The role of the legal profession in the fulfillment of Basic Rights.

PROGRAM


Lecture “Social Responsibility in the Legal Profession and Pro Bono work”.

May 12, 2014. The University of Castilla La-Mancha.

The Fernando Pombo Foundation has had the pleasure of being invited by the University of Castilla-La Mancha to play a prominent role in the closing conference of the 2014 Law Practicum. The objective of this session is to interest the students in their final year of law school in the concept of social responsibility in the legal profession, as well as inform them of the various options they have, as students and once they begin to practice, to be “socially responsible lawyers”.


Lecture “Social Responsibility in the Legal Profession and Pro Bono Work”.

Abril 10, 2014. The University of Sevilla.

The Fernando Pombo Foundation was invited by the University of Sevilla to present an awareness seminar to the law students on social responsibility in the legal profession and pro bono work. The aim was to inform the students and encourage them to put these into practice, especially from an academic point of view.


Lecture “Social Responsibility in the Legal Profession”.

March 5, 2014. IE University.

For the second consecutive year, the Fernando Pombo Foundation collaborated with the IE University Law School giving a lecture on Social Responsibility in the Legal Profession.


Lecture: “Social Responsibility in the Legal Profession”.

February 27th. Puerta de Toledo Campus. Carlos III of Madrid University.

The director of the Fernando Pombo Foundation, Carmen Pombo, gave a lecture titled “Social Responsibility in the Legal Profession” as part of the Master’s Program in Access to the Legal Practice of Carlos III of Madrid University.

The session was focused on the main concepts crucial to this subject matter, including topics such as social responsibility in the legal profession, pro bono work and other relevant aspects that revolve around the practice of socially responsible law, for practicing lawyers as well as future lawyers.


OPENCLASS: The Social Responsibility in Law Firms.

February 13, 2014. On-line. UNIR.

In collaboration with the Master in Legal Practice at the UNIR (International University of La Rioja)


Conference at the Catholic University of Valencia on Social Responsibility in the Legal Profession

January 20, 2014. Law Faculty, Catholic University of Valencia.

In collaboration with the Postgraduate course in Access to Practice of Law, of the Catholic University of Valencia.


Conference at the University of Valencia on Social Responsibility in the Legal Profession

November 8, 2013. Law Faculty, Valencia University.

In collaboration with the Strategic Management Course of the University of Valencia (double-degree program in Business Management and Law), the Fernando Pombo Foundation will offer a conference entitled “Corporate Social Responsibility in Strategic Business Management and, specifically, the Social Responsibility of the Legal Profession and Pro Bono Work”.


The Legal Profession in the 21st Century and the Solidary Lawyer. Basic Notions of Social Responsibility

September 20 and 27 and October 4, 11 and 18, 2013. Law Faculty, Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM).

For the second year in a row, the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM), the Autonomous University Foundation, the Madrid Bar Association and the Professor Uría, Cuatrecasas, Fernando Pombo and Garrigues Foundations are organizing the course “The Legal Profession in the 21st Century and the Solidary Lawyer. Basic Notions of Social Responsibility”.

Program

“Human Rights” Module (offered by the Fernando Pombo Foundation).


Second Session: “Pro bono and CSR”

September 8, 2013. Faculty of Law, University Pontificia ComilIas (ICADE).

Aimed at Law students from Postgraduate course in Access to Practice of Law.


Session: “Pro bono and CSR”

September 6, 2013. Faculty of Law, University Pontificia ComilIas (ICADE).

Aimed at Law students from Postgraduate course in Access to Practice of Law.

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 Conference: Social responsibility in the legal profession and the pro bono work

May 13, 2013. Faculty of Law, University Pompeu Fabra

Aimed at undergraduates of third and fourth grade of law school (as a part of the course for Labor Law)

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Conference: “The challenges of the Pro-Bono work of the lawyers in the sector of intellectual and industrial property”

April 23, 2013. Faculty of Law, Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM – Universidad Autonoma de Madrid).

In collaboration with the Postgraduate course on Intellectual, Industrial property and New Technologies of the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM)

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Conference: Approximation to the Social Responsibility in the legal profession: the pro-bono project

February 27, 2013. Auditorium, Faculty of Legal and Political Sciences, International University of Catalonia (UIC-Universitat Internacional de Catalunya).

Aimed at Law students from the International University of Catalonia.

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Session “Social Responsibility in the Legal profession”

January 15, 2013. Campus Madrid, Puerta de Toledo

In collaboration with the Postgraduate course in Access to Practice of Law, of the University Carlos III of Madrid.

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Lecture “Pro Bono”  intended for Law students of the IE University

December 14, 2012. IE University, Campus Segovia

The lecture aimed at third year undergraduates, was given as part of the subject “The Legal Profession/Law Unplugged” of the IE University.

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Master Class at the UNIR: “Social responsibility in the legal profession. The challenges of pro bono”

December 3,  2012. On-line.

In collaboration with the Master in Legal Practice at the UNIR (International University of La Rioja)

More information click here