Fighting for justice?

Tulkinghorn's special contribution for pro-bono week comes from the depths of Africa, and relates to the controversial death penalty imposed by a sharia court on Amina Lawal.

Now, members of the human rights community who all provided pro bono assistance to the young woman are arguing over who has the right to claim to be her lawyer, and the disagreement has now become the subject of litigation in a Lagos high court.

Forgive Tulkinghorn for being cynical, but he's starting to wonder whether some people have got the wrong end of the stick about the purpose of pro bono. Surely it is meant to help the genuinely needy, not simply raise one's profile?