Are you just a lawyer, or a Just Lawyer?
Just Lawyers is an initiative for in-house lawyers to help them find ways they can make a difference in their organisation, in society, in the law profession, in action, and in the world. Combining justice, rule of law, professional standards, pro bono and ethics, it encourages active involvement and engagement, and is part of Lawyers Against Poverty.
Business and human rights, modern slavery, CSR, or just our day to day organisational purpose: our work as in-house lawyers often gives us our best opportunity to help society. In this section you will find ideas and examples of how as an in-house lawyer you can serve the cause of justice and meet professional standards within your organisation.
Are we first and foremost professionals or business people? Justice workers or technicians? What is our legal equivalent of the Hippocratic oath? This section helps us to explore in very practical ways issues of ethics, legal standards, integrity and our Code of Conduct.
We live in different communities; global and local. As lawyers we can serve those communities by using our legal skills no matter where we come from. We can also help combat injustice wherever it is found, for example to help provide access to justice to all, which is in Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals.
This section will give you practical tips on how to turn inspiration into action, both from inside your organisation or in your community! From trustee roles to pro-bono, writing to your MP or twinning with an international lawyer, there are plenty of options to choose from.