Pro bono works for destitutes
OOR encourages her people to use their legal understanding on a pro bono basis to help people in the local communities where we live and work, who otherwise lack access to the services we offer.
In our offices in Kisumu and Nairobi we partner with organizations which share our commitment to providing assistance and legal knowledge to those who are in need.
Participation in pro bono initiatives is open to all of our lawyers. In some cases, our offices offer leave for colleagues to spend time on approved pro bono projects whilst in others, we encourage and promote engagement by recognizing and rewarding those who give their time to participate in pro bono work.
Whether providing legal advice through local law centers and clinics or assisting charities and non-profits by offering assistance on legal matters, we provide our pro bono clients with the same high standards of client service as our fee-paying clients, and in return, our people are given the opportunity to develop valuable experience and advocacy skills.
Volunteering & fundraising
We give back to our local communities both through monetary donations from our people's fundraising activities and by contributing time and skills to local community initiatives. Often, our efforts encompass both. Within our societies we have in place a range of volunteering programs that draw on our charitable partnerships and internal committees. Our offices regularly hold fundraising initiatives, from dress-down days to annual events, and we focus on helping organizations which share our own focus on supporting disadvantaged people and bringing about social justice. In other cases, our people raise funds and volunteer their time in order to help meet specific local needs.
We aim to minimize our impact on the environment – to protect the planet, ensure that resources are available for future generations and create a better quality of life for all living beings. We integrate sustainability best practice into all our decision-making and business activities.
We recognize our responsibility to address environmental issues that jeopardize the earth’s ecosystems and the future of our communities.
We work on reducing our environmental footprint and are active on many pro bono projects in the area of sustainability including tree planting exercises
PAUPER BRIEF PROGRAM
Equal access to justice remains a challenge for most people in Kenya. Aside from the limited provision of state-funded legal aid, a large number of Kenyans have few options to access the judicial system with proper representation. As part of our corporate responsibility to our community, our advocates at OOR, have taken advantage of these opportunities to be able to represent various persons facing capital offence charges under the Court-managed Pauper Brief Representation Program through which we have assisted tens of people who would otherwise have been unable to afford representation.
FREE LEGAL AWARENESS WEEK
Every year, the Law Society of Kenya runs a free legal service awareness week. We at OOR have partnered with the LSK in this in a most proactive manner by actively encouraging all the lawyers in our team to attend the program at least twice in the week it is run in the cities of Nairobi and Kisumu where our offices are located. Our satisfaction has always been the gratitude that we see in the faces of those members of the society to whom we have been able to give free legal advice.