BMAJ is an active participator in pro bono services. Our lawyers provide their time and expertise to those who have difficulty accessing the justice system, as well as non-profit organizations and various groups promoting collective public interest causes.
We are an original subscriber of the Pro Bono Declaration for the Americas, which binds us to increasing the amount of time and resources we commit to pro bono matters year on year. BMAJ is also an active member of Chile’s Pro Bono Foundation since is inception, and two of our senior partners are members of the board of directors.
We are pleased that our pro bono efforts have been recognised on several occasions, both nationally and internationally. We have been named Pro Bono “Law Firm of the Year” by Chile’s Fundación Pro Bono in both 2007 and 2019. We have also been included The Vance Center’s list of Pro Bono “Leading Lights” since 2014.
Several of our lawyers have also been recognised by the Fundación Pro Bono for their outstanding commitment to bono work, in 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2013.
Throughout 2019 we participated in the Desafío Pro Bono (Pro Bono Challenge), an annual contest organized by the Fundación Pro Bono that gives law students an opportunity to work on real-life cases with the support and resources of major law firms, in order to develop long-term, replicable solutions to important social issues.
A team of our lawyers worked with Athiara Cristino and Mauricio Henríquez, students at the Universidad Andrés Bello, in their project to provide legal support to healthcare facilities and their elderly patients who have been discharged from the hospital but who have no home or family to return to. The project was carried out principally at the San José de Maipo Hospital near Santiago, and a formal protocol to assist the hospital and their patients with the relevant legal procedures is expected to be delivered in early 2020.
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