Pro Bono and Corporate Social Responsibility
Curwoods’ Pro Bono and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program is about taking responsibility for the role we play in our community and making a positive impact. We engage with our staff and give them the opportunity to take a ‘hands on’ approach in giving back, with the aim of ensuring that our community is supported and our environmental footprint is sound.
Pro bono legal services
Our niche is legal services – it’s what we live and breathe. We offer our skills and services to our community through the provision of pro bono legal advice on a diverse range of matters in order to give those who face disadvantage a voice.
We have a dedicated pro bono solicitor and a formal pro bono program for all legal staff.
We are proud to partner with a range of community organisations including Justice Connect, LegalAid NSW, the Refugee Advice and Casework Service, the Cancer Council, the Arts Law Centre and Salvos Legal.
We are proud of the outcomes we have achieved for our pro bono clients and are committed to continuing to make a difference.
For more information about Curwoods’ pro bono program, please contact Ella Alexander.
Roslyn Diesner, Senior Associate, at a wills clinic for Indigenous clients in Walgett run in partnership with LegalAid NSW
Charity and community partnerships
Our charity and community partnerships are a key pillar of our CSR program. All time invested, every act, every decision and every gift has the potential to make an impact in someone’s life.
Some of the charity and community initiatives we are proud to be part of include:
- Artist-in-Residence Program – our program identifies and encourages emerging artists and provides a residency of approximately 12 months in a purpose built studio located in our Sydney CBD office. The culmination of each residency is a two week public art exhibition, with monies being raised to support the Rotary Club of Sydney Youth Committee. Visit Our Gallery for more information.
- Law Firms Encouraging and Assisting Promising Students (LEAPS) – a mentoring program in which we have long-standing involvement. Employees from all areas of our business are matched with promising students and meet on a fortnightly basis to provide goal-setting advice and mentoring support.
- The Grace Centre for Newborn Care at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead – an intensive care unit for newborn babies.
- Youngcare – whose work empowers young people with high care needs to stay out of retirement homes by providing age-appropriate housing, grants and other support.
Andrew Gorman (Partner) presents Emily Dash (Youngcare advocate) and Anthony Ryan (CEO of Youngcare) with Curwoods’ donation
- Can Too Foundation – a charity that raises funds for cancer research by encouraging improved health and wellbeing in the community.
Curwoods’ staff in training with the Can Too Foundation
- The Rotary Club of Sydney Youth Committee – a committee that supports programs for young people within the community.
For further information about Curwoods’ charity and community partnerships, please contact Ella Alexander.
Sustainable business practices
We are committed to promoting sustainability and reducing Curwoods’ environmental impact. Through careful management of our operational processes and adherence to legal regulatory compliance and environmental legislation, we have reduced business-wide waste and are in the process of transitioning to a paperless office. We conduct our business in a way that has minimal impact on the environment from our consumption or resources and waste disposal.