New Pro Bono portal will offer legal assistance to Ukrainians
Legal technology company Paladin said on Thursday it has partnered with Ukrainian aid organization Legal Development Network to launch a pro bono portal to facilitate legal assistance to Ukrainians affected by the country’s invasion by Russia.
Ukrainians who need legal assistance can communicate with the LDN team through an online chat box and Pravoman chatbot, according to Paladin. If they are eligible for pro bono help, the nonprofit social enterprise LinGo will connect them with free lawyers through Paladin.
Paladin co-founder and CEO Kristen Sonday said in a statement Thursday that the company was “honored” to offer its technology to help Ukrainians obtain pro bono legal assistance.
“We have all been devastated by how the war in Ukraine has unfolded, and we want to help however we can,” Sonday said.
Since Russia invaded Ukraine in February, several law firms have intensified to provide pro bono legal aid to Ukrainian refugees and have donated money to charities in Ukraine.
In March, SixFifty, legal technology subsidiary of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC deployed a free tool that automates immigration formalities for Ukrainians living in the United States who wish to remain in the country during the war, and Morrison & Foerster LLP disclosed that he provides pro bono advice to the office of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, including advice on Western sanctions imposed after the invasion of Russia.
Lawyers and professionals who want to offer pro bono assistance to Ukrainians can register on the portal, Paladin said.
Ukrainians urgently need pro bono lawyers licensed to practice across Europe, especially in Ukraine, Poland, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, Romania and Moldova, the company said.
According to Paladin, the main requests for legal assistance LDN has received from Ukrainians relate to how to recover lost documents, immigration requirements, business relocation, labor rights and general support for socially vulnerable groups. .
LDN has already provided nearly 2,500 Ukrainians with legal assistance in person and via remote tools, Paladin said.
LDN executive director Yevgen Poltenko said in a statement on Thursday that legal assistance was as necessary for Ukrainian refugees as other humanitarian aid.
“We are grateful to Paladin for the opportunity to help these people and encourage them to take part in the initiative,” Poltenko said.
–Edited by Patrick Reagan.
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