The “Schar Mitzvah” (“Pro-Bono”) program – legal aid for the needy
As an integral part of the firm’s routine work, its partners promote access to the legal system, regardless of race, religion, sex, or financial status.
The firm donates hundreds of hours pro bono for promoting and expanding legal aid for the needy.
Adv. Shahar Welner is chairperson of the IBA legal aid committee, chairperson of the “Schar Mitzvah” program – the IBA’s legal aid for the needy, and a volunteer in the “Lev HaMishpat” (“Heart of the Law”) project of HaTnuah LaMilchama BaOni (Movement for Combating Poverty), a registered non-profit society.
Adv. Amir Altshuler is a member of the IBA legal aid committee, the head of the banking law team in the “Schar Mitzvah” program, and a volunteer in the “Lev HaMishpat” (Heart of the Law) project of HaTnuah LaMilchama BaOni (Movement for Combating Poverty), a registered non-profit society.

 

The “Schar Mitzvah” program, pro bono legal aid for the needy, has been operating since September 2002. To date, legal advice and aid has been given to thousands of applicants who came to one of the program’s 70 rights centers spread throughout Israel.

IBA President Dr. Shlomo Cohen and IBA Legal Aid Committee chairperson Adv. Shahar Welner founded the program; Adv. Joseph Toussia-Cohen and Adv. Shahar Welner are its co-chairpersons.
In April 2002, the IBA central committee approved the “Schar Mitzvah” program, which was proposed and presented by the pro bono team that had been appointed by the central committee. The team members were Advocates Shlomo Cohen, Yehuda Landau, Rachel Ben-Ari, Orna Lin, Nissim Azulay, and Shahar Welner.
The program is the largest pro bono legal aid system in Israel, in which attorneys provide legal aid to the needy and to people in distress who lack the means to pay for legal services, who would otherwise be unable to fully exercise their legal rights.
Chamber of Advocates Law – putting it into practice
The “Schar Mitzvah” program is the practical implementation of Section 3(2) of the Bar Association Law 5721-1961, which states, “The IBA is entitled, among other things, to provide legal aid to the needy.” Indeed, the goal of the “Schar Mitzvah” program is to extend access to the legal system, and to defend the rights of those who lack the means to pay for professional legal service.
Volunteer lawyers – To date, over 3,500 lawyers have enlisted in the program and provide pro bono assistance, whether by providing legal counsel to applicants at the aid centers or by accepting cases for handling and representation.
The right of a litigant to representation – a panel chaired by Orly Vilnai

Participants: Director of the Courts Administration Moshe Gal, Central District Court Judge Hila Gerstel, former Minister of Finance Roni Bar-On, “Schar Mitzvah” program chairperson Adv. Shahar Welner, and Adv. Yuval Elbashan. 

Ministry of justice, Prof. Yaakov Neheman, about Schar Mitzva program

 

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