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3.2. Globalization of Pro Bono

May 28 2015
10:30 - 12:20
Hall VII

Track: 3. Corporate Practice/ International Trade/ Protection of Competition


Discussion is going to address the following questions:

  1. Has pro bono gone global? Is there a common global standard or definition of pro bono legal services? Should there be international norms (mandatory or suggested) for the expected levels of pro bono service? What are the key difficulties or factors limiting penetration of pro bono? Are there limits of globalization?
  2. How can we assure deeper penetration of pro bono practice in our respective jurisdictions? How can law firms best build up and structure their pro bono programs? How can smaller national firms and individual lawyers be engaged? What role can law schools and bar associations play? What should be the role of judges in encouraging or requiring lawyers and law student to engage in delivering pro bono services? How are legal service organizations and pro bono clearing houses or referral services affecting the landscape?
  3. How has globalization of law firms and multinational corporations impacted pro bono services? How are global and national corporations delivering pro bono services? What concerns do corporations have in providing pro bono legal services?
  4. Do the emerging markets present unique issues? Is Russia part of the Global pro bono movement? Is delivery of pro bono legal services a factor in the development of legal culture and order? What role is pro bono going to play in shaping an access to a justice agenda in the future?


Glenn Kolleeny

Partner, Dentons Europe


Education, academic degree:

- Columbia University, 1982, J.D.;

- "Pushkin Institute, Moscow", 1978;

- University of Oxford, 1977, (University College);

- Columbia College, 1976, BA;

- University of Grenoble, 1976.

Professional experience:

- Partner - Dentons (formerly Salans), Moscow (2012 to date);

- Partner - Salans, St. Petersburg (2005 - 2012);

- Managing Partner - Salans, St. Petersburg (2000-2005);

- Partner - Salans, New York (1998-2000);

- Of Counsel - Baker & Botts, New York and Moscow (1996-1998);

- General Counsel - AIOC Corporation, New York, Moscow, and Beijing (1992-1996);

- General Counsel, North America - Amsterdam-Rotterdam Bank N.V. (1989-1992);

- Counsel - Dresdner Bank AG, Frankfurt and New York (1986-1989).

He is a partner resident in Dentons' Moscow office. He also works from the Dentons’ offices in St. Petersburg, Kiev, Baku and Almaty. He heads Dentons' programme of expansion in Russia and the CIS and currently coordinates cooperation with firms in Krasnodar, Rostov-on-Don and Yekaterinburg as well as in Tbilisi, Georgia and Minsk, Belarus. He concentrates on advising major foreign investors in their Russian and CIS investments with a particular focus on mergers and acquisitions, structured trade finance and commodities’ trading. He has specialised expertise in the forestry, agribusiness, and non-ferrous and precious metals industries.

He has completed more than USD 4 billion of M&A transactions in the past 5 years. His clients include financial institutions, private equity funds, international and Russian multinational corporations.

Publications, scientific works:

He is the author of over 100 articles on Russia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, and is a frequent participant in conferences on mergers and acquisition, infrastructure, finance and investment in Russia, and the former Soviet Union.

Achievements, rewards:

He was described by Legal 500 2010 as a lawyer who "makes transactions happen" according to his clients. In 2009 he was identified by Legal 500 as "highly experienced and quick-witted." He was described by Chambers Europe 2010 as "a US and internationally qualified lawyer, and a familiar face among the St. Petersburg commercial elite." He was identified by Chambers Global 2008 as the firm's "powerhouse" in St. Petersburg, where he is the head of a "seamless team," according to clients. In 2010, 2011 and 2012 Best Lawyers listed him among 65 recommended corporate lawyers in Russia.


Kendall Coffey

Chairman of the Southern District Conference, Florida Federal Judicial Nominating Commission


Education, academic degree:

A partner at Coffey Burlington, PL, concentrating on complex litigation at trial and appellate levels, in federal and state courts. He is a former U.S. Attorney, Southern District of Florida (1993-1996); and most recently was appointed for the fourth time by the U.S. Senators from Florida to serve as Chair, Southern District Conference, Florida Federal Judicial Nominating Commission (April 2009 – present).

A frequent teacher and guest lecturer, he has served as a legal analyst providing commentary for international and national television networks: CNN International, Telemundo, Univision, Canadian Broadcasting Company; national networks: CNBC, CNN, CNN Headline News, FOX, MSNBC and NBC; and local television: ABC-10, CBS-4, América TeVe, Telemundo-51, Univision-23, TeleMiami.

As a teacher, Mr. Coffey is adjunct faculty member for University of Miami School of Law, Florida Constitutional Law (2008 – present), Florida International University (Administrative Law 2011 - present), and Trial Advocacy Program (1991 – 1993); and a Lecturer in trial skills and substantive law for the American Bar Association, The Florida Bar, The Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, Dade County Bar Association, University of Miami School of Law, Professional Education Systems, Inc., National Business Institute, Inc. and CLE International, Inc.

He is a former President of the Dade County Bar Association and has served on committees for the Florida Bar as well as the American Bar Association. His recent appearances as a panelist include the American Bar Association Section of Litigation in 2015, and the St. Petersburg Legal Forum and Sochi Legal Conference in 2014. He is an executive member of the Russian American Chamber of Commerce.

Achievements, rewards:

He is annually recognized as one of Florida Trend’s Legal Elite, Florida “Super Lawyer,” and South Florida Legal Guide’s “Top Lawyers”, recognized by the National Law Journal as one of its Lawyers of the Year for 2000, as Member of Gore Legal Team.


He has also written several books as well as three dozen articles on legal topics in publications ranging from the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and CNN, to the Yale Law and Policy Review.

Konstantin Dobrynin

Deputy Chairman, Federation Council Committee of Constitutional Legislation and State-Building, Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation


Born on November 23, 1976 in Leningrad.


In 1998 graduated from Law Faculty of Saint Petersburg State University.

Professional experience:

In 2001 joined Legal Directorate of ZAO Ilim Pulp Enterprise, pulp and paper corporation, in the position of a lawyer. A year later became the head of the corporation's Property Rights Protection Department.

In 2001–2004 was directly involved in corporate dispute between ZAO Ilim Pulp Enterprise and Basic Element company as a deputy director and acting Legal Directorate director.

In 2003–2005 – board member of Kotlassky pulp and paper mill.

After reorganization of ZAO Ilim Pulp Enterprise into OAO Ilim Group in 2007 was appointed Property Rights Protection director and at the same time CEO for Legal Issues of the reorganized company.

Since 2007 – member of the board of Ilim Timber Industry.

December 2009 to March 2012 – co-founder and senior partner of Pen&Paper law firm. Was in charge of the law enforcement practice and long-term business development strategy and philosophy.

September 2011 to March 2012 – Regional Development director of ОАО Ilim Group.

In March 2012 elected temporary deputy of the third convocation Emtsovskoye municipal district council, Plesetsk district, Arkhangelsk Oblast'.

Since March 15, 2012 – member of the Council of Federation of the RF Federal Assembly for Arkhangelsk Oblast', member of the Council of Federation Committee on Constitutional Legislation, Legal and Judicial Affairs and Civil Society Development.

On April 12, 2012 appointed president of the Russian Association of Pulp and Paper Organizations and Enterprises.

Since March 2013 – deputy chairman of the Committee on Constitutional Legislation, Legal and Judicial Affairs and Civil Society Development.

Christos Giakoumopoulos

Director of Human Rights, Council of Europe


Christos Giakoumopoulos was appointed Director of Human Rights in the Directorate General Human Rights and Rule of Law of the Council of Europe in 2011. He was Director of Monitoring in the same Directorate General since 2006. Before joining the Directorate General of Human Rights, he was General Counsel and General Director for Legal and Administrative Affairs of the Council of Europe Development Bank (Paris).

Since joining the Council of Europe in 1987, he held posts in the Registry of the European Court of Human Rights, the Venice Commission and Director in the Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights, A. Gil Robles.

Ozgur Kahale

Pro Bono Counsel Europe, DLA Piper France LLP


Professional experience:

She is a full-time pro bono counsel managing the pro bono practices of the Continental European offices located in 24 cities in 17 countires - Austria, Belgium, Chez Republic, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Spain, Slovak Republic, Turkey, Ukraine. She manages the firm's European pro bono practice, providing pro bono legal assistance to key European NGO's, UN Agencies and disadvantaged individuals through the firm's multiple pro bono counsel appointments.

She is an international lawyer with extensive experience in project finance. She is also a scholar with a masters in Human Rights from Essex University and a PhD from Lancaster University. She taught courses on Business & Human Rights and Trade & Human Rights and was involved in major research projects. Her pro bono legal practice is focused mainly in the area of business and human rights, corporate social responsibility, human rights due diligence and impact assessments.

She works to establish contacts with NGOs, UN Agencies, developing countries and individuals in order to establish and source pro bono projects for DLA Piper lawyers. She also works with the in-house legal teams of our corporate clients to develop pro bono opportunities for in-house lawyers.

She has developed key relationships with a number of Continental European NGOs including the European Council on Refugees and Exiles, Mental Disability Advocacy Centre, Action Against Hunger and Croix-Rouge Française and has achieved appointment as pro bono counsel for leading European charities.

Dmitriy Samigullin

Managing Partner, Law Office "RBL"


Education, Academic Degree:

In 2000, graduated from Samara State University. Candidate of Legal Sciences (Ph.D. in Law equivalent), certificated tax consultant and mediator.

Professional Experience:

Managing partner at RBL law firm (Russia).

Member of the International Bar Association, the Russian Bar Association, the Chamber of Tax Consultants of Russia and deputy head of the Legal Committee of the Chamber of Commerce of Samara Oblast'.

Author and moderator of a number of specialized seminars and workshops, author of numerous publications in various media, regular participant in round-table discussions and conferences as an expert.

Professional Interests:

Arbitration proceedings, tax disputes, company law, insolvency (bankruptcy), investment projects support, mediation.

His customers include Russian and foreign companies operating in the field of construction, oil development, agriculture, production, as well as energy sector companies and leaders in food retail.

Achievements and Awards:

In 2010, awarded the medal For Merits in Business by the Regional Development Fund Perspektiva. In addition, received a number of honorary certificates from the Chamber of Commerce of Samara Oblast'.

In 2012, as head of RBL he won a competition between law firms Legal Success Law Firm Awards in Pro Bono Legal Aid category.


Author of a number of academic papers and associate professor at Samara Academy for the Humanities.

Dmitry Shabelnikov

Director for Russia, Global Network for Public International Law Institute (PILnet)


Professional experience:

He oversees PILnet’s Moscow office and is responsible for PILnet’s work in Russia. He has been leading efforts to promote legal aid reforms in Russia and develop clinical legal education there as a consultant since 2004, and following the expansion of the PILnet Moscow office in 2007, he has continued to steer major PILnet strategies in Russia, including legal aid reform and legal education reform initiatives and the expansion of pro bono practice.

Before joining PILnet, he worked in various capacities for the Moscow offices of the American Bar Association's Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative (ABA CEELI, now ABA ROLI) and the Ford Foundation.

Publications, scientific works:

He has authored, edited, and translated several books and a number of other publications on public interest law, legal aid, pro bono and other related subjects..

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