Legal Profession to Become More United
Konstantin Dobrynin, Council Member and State Secretary of the RFBA, attended the international roundtable dedicated to discussion of challenges the legal profession is facing during the coronavirus pandemic
On April 27, Presidents’ Roundtable — “Resilience through COVID-19” organized by the Law Society of Hong Kong took place in a video conference format. Representatives of the legal profession of Russia, China, Japan, Germany, the UK, France, and Australia discussed the challenges and new opportunities that the legal community faced in connection with the spread of coronavirus. Konstantin Dobrynin spoke about the measures taken by the Russian Federal Bar and regional bars to ensure that lawyers in Russia suffer as little as possible from the situation that arose in connection with the spread of coronavirus. “I believe that the legal profession will come out of it even stronger and, most importantly, more united,” he said.
Melissa Pang, President of the Law Society of Hong Kong; Simon Davis, President of the Law Society of England and Wales; Amanda Pinto, President of the Bar Council of England and Wales; Christiane Ferahl-Schuhl, President of the French National Bar Council; Hidetomo Ueda, Vice President of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations; Christian Lemke, Vice President of the German Federal Bar; Pauline Wright, President of the Law Council of Australia; Olivier Cousi, President of the Paris Bar; Xuebing Zhang, Vice President of the All China Lawyers Association, participated in the discussion.
The speakers told their colleagues about how lawyers in different countries adjusted in their work to the restrictions implemented to fight the corona virus pandemic. In particular, they reported on the specifics of organization of remote work and hot lines for discussing and solving problems the lawyers are facing, and other efficient solutions.
Konstantin Dobrynin, Council Member and State Secretary of the RFBA, greeted the participants on behalf of the Russian lawyers. According to him the current circumstances in the world and in the legal profession are unprecedented and he is convinced that, changing the world, these circumstances will inevitably change the legal profession.
“At the same time, I am not inclined to dramatize the situation. On the contrary, I believe that the legal profession will come out of it even stronger and, most importantly, more united. After all, we as lawyers are in the forefront along with doctors because we can’t just stop protecting people,” Konstantin Dobrynin said.
He shared with foreign colleagues information on measures taken by the Bar in Russia to protect advocates and citizens to whom high-quality legal aid is provided.
According to Konstantin Dobrynin, the Russian Federal Bar Association daily monitors the situation from the very beginning of the epidemic and quickly responds to new challenges. Firstly, it called its members to continue to fulfill the public functions assigned to the bar as a systemically important institution of the civil society and in the process of administering justice while not forgetting to observe security measures and provide comprehensive support to older colleagues.
Secondly, the RFBA has started to operate remotely and not only retained but even increased the level of functionality.