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Lidings Lawyers Take Part in the All Russian Legal Pro Bono Day for Children

Partner of Lidings’ dispute resolution practice Sergey Kislov and firm’s corporate and M&A practice senior associate Ksenia Stepanischeva took part in the All Russian Legal Pro Bono Day for Children traditionally held in all Russian regions on November 20th established by the Governmental Commission appointed to implement the Federal Law “On free legal support in Russian Federation”.

On November 20th the Russian state executive bodies, local self-government bodies, advocates and notary members around the country join together to advise on the children’s rights issues; protection of the rights and interests of orphans and children without parental care; children from lower income families and families in tight life situation. Moscow’s event was coordinated by the city’s Bar Association. Its members were also eager to take an active part in this nationwide initiative.

“I am exceptionally glad that my professional status and a membership in the Moscow Bar Association give me an opportunity to take part in such important events aimed to provide pro bono legal support for socially unsecured citizens especially children happen to be in a difficult life situation. I am positive that involving lawyers in such initiatives is a constituent part of the legal profession, as well as an essential and compulsory element of the legal culture as a whole“, - comments Lidings’ partner Sergey Kislov.

“Having recently obtained an advocate’s status, I surely feel increased responsibility and I am truly happy to being able to devote my professional knowledge and part of my resources to a large extent encouraged by Lidings’ socially oriented policy to providing pro bono legal support for indigent and socially vulnerable citizens“, - says the firm’s senior associate Ksenia Stepanischeva.

For the first time All Russian Legal Pro Bono Day for Children took part on November 20th 2013. Since then annually more than 6 000 Russian advocates and notary members take part in this pro bono initiative. Over 4 000 counseling centers around the country open their doors for children and their parents experiencing the need for a free of charge legal support.

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