The law firm of Paul Usoro & Co (PUC) has started receiving entries for the second edition of its pro bono challenge.
According to the firm, the initiative is aimed at rewarding the selfless and sacrificial efforts of lawyers who go the extra mile to defend the defenseless.
The term pro bono denotes work undertaken without charge, especially legal work for a client on low income.
Abasiodiong Ekpeyong won maiden edition following an assessment by an external evaluation committee comprising Prof Fabian Ajogwu (SAN), Mrs. Abimbola Akeredolu (SAN) and Mr. Essien Udom.
PUC’s head of chambers Mr Munirudeen Liadi said: “The decision was made to give a chance to more lawyers between one to 15 years at the Bar to showcase and inspire colleagues with their touching pro bono cases.”
The firm said the second edition would focus on humanitarian issues, especially law enforcement agents’ brutality, gender related issues, and child abuse.
The six most compelling cases will be rewarded with N100,000 each, PUC said.
According to the organisers, each participant is expected to create a short video (maximum of two minutes) which could be shared via Instagram, Facebook or via email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
All video entries via Instagram and Facebook are required to use the hash-tag #PAULUSOROCHALLENGE for the videos to be discovered.
The firm said there would be extra points for law enforcement agents’ brutality, gender related cases, child abuse and humanitarian matters.
Past and present PUC lawyers and participants in the maiden edition are not allowed to participate.