Socio Legal Development Initiative
ReachLaw being primarily a law firm providing range of services to its clients has also grown to be a committed social reform institution through the mechanism of law. Members at ReachLaw are devoted to the use of the legal system to advance human rights conditions in the country. It collaborates with human rights groups, and grass-roots development and social movements to enforce the rights of poor marginalised people and to challenge oppression, exploitation and discrimination against any group or individual on the grounds of caste, gender, disability, age, religion, language, ethnic group, sexual orientation, and health, economic or social status. ReachLaw provides pro bono legal services which includes right from legal guidance to legal representation in the courts, conducts public interest litigation, engages in advocacy, conducts legal awareness programmes, investigates violations, and participates in campaigns. All these development initiatives are envisaged, planned and executed through the “Socio Legal Development Initiative (SLDi)” chapter of ReachLaw. Major activities of the SLDi are
We support all people affected by violence, denial of rights and exploitation. We give strategic support along with legal guidance to deal the situation. We have also developed various crisis intervention model to effectively serve the marginalized community in getting justice, recognisation and restoration of their rights. Pro Bono litigation forms significant part of SLDi chapter of ReachLaw. SLDi has large portfolio of pro bono litigation for the underprivileged and marginalized communities.
SLDi recognizes the importnace of training on legal education. It conducts workshops and seminars at regular intervals, to promote an understanding of laws and the nuances of the legal frame work, to empower & equip individuals and organizations to access the justice system, and discuss effective strategies to prevent and handle crisis situation. These programmes are organized for students, lawyers, activists, government officials, the police, organisations, individuals and corporate. We also organize time to time judicial colloquia to inform the judiciary on the latest development in various cases laws, amendments, policies and international law. SLDi runs a holistic legal resource training centre to empower and hone the skills of young lawyers with the requisite qualitative knowledge about the specific case laws and allied procedures of courts and which shall help them understand the finer nuances of the working of the legal justice system in India
Research and analysis is the nucleus of the ReachLaw. SLDi develops its research strategies and selects its research topics based upon the need. Our researchers deploy their existing specialization to conduct extensive background research on various case laws and social issues in order to strengthen the case, form guidelines, develop strategies, to form policies, publications, reports etc. All our litigation and policy development work are based on qualitative research carried out by the large group of researchers.