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Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta is conscious about the existence of a gap on access to justice in Colombia and recognizes that lawyers have a privilege status due to their professional knowledge on how to access to judicial and administrative instances in order to protect their rights. Therefore, our law firm has a strong commitment with society to use this privilege status in favor of vulnerable population.

Because of that, since 2005 Gomez-Pinzon Zuleta is the undisputed leader in the promotion of pro bono culture as esential part of the responsible exercise of our profession.

Among the pro bono projects we work on, the following are some of our principal lines of action:

  • Legal support for NGOs (no governmental organizations) and public or private investigation centers that work on altruistic causes and public interest.
  • Legal assistance for low income people who can’t afford a lawyer.
  • Legal free education of empowerment of civil rights for vulnerable communities and public interest organizations.
  • Strategic litigation on public interest matters.
  • Investigations on matters aimed to cause a social impact on access to justice and the protection of human rights of vulnerable communities.

 

The following are some of Gomez-Pinzón Zuleta pro bono goals:

  • In June 2008 Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta Abogados S.A. was rated by the prestigious Latin Lawyer Magazine as the leading Colombian Firm in pro bono work, we were granted the first place amongst the Colombian firms and place number 21 among 50 Latin American firms.
  • Our Partner Paula Samper Salazar was the one Colombian who participated in the Drafting Committee of the Pro Bono Declaration for the Americas.
  • We are Founding Members of the Fundación Pro Bono Colombia (Colombia Pro Bono Foundation) (www.probono.org.co), this entity has guided nearly one thousand (1000) pro bono cases in its four years of existence.
  • Paula Samper has received two renowned international awards (Chambers and Partners for her outstanding contribution to the legal profession, and the Latin Lawyer Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year).
  • Our Firm is a Member of Compartamos con Colombia, through which we have provided our services in institutional strengthening to more than fifteen (15) NGOs.
  • Our law firm has overdone the target set in the Pro Bono Declaration for the Americas, as its lawyers worked 30 hours of pro bono per year.
  • In 2015, a record numbers of four thousand (4,089) hours were dedicated by our lawyers to pro bono projects, thus becoming part of the DNA of our Firm.
  • In 2015 Jenifer Sánchez, junior associate at Gomez-Pinzón Zuleta, was recognized by Fundacion Pro Bono Colombia as the pro bono lawyer of the year because of her dedication with pro bono clients and with the strengthening of the pro bono culture inside our firm.

 

Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta has a strong commitment with the construction of a just and equitable country through pro bono work!

Our Firm does Pro Bono work through the pro bono Institution – Please click on the link below to request a lawyer: Fundación Probono.

 

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