Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation Award Recognizes Five Lex Mundi Member Firms for Outstanding Pro Bono Contributions in 2011

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(Washington, D.C., September 26, 2011)  The second annual Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation Award was presented during the 2011 Lex Mundi Annual Conference in Vienna, Austria. This award recognizes those Lex Mundi member law firms that have provided critical pro bono legal services – helping to strengthen the global social entrepreneurship movement and improve the lives of the world’s poor and disenfranchised. 

The Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation (The Foundation) was proud to honor the 2011 Award recipients:

  • North America:  Alston & Bird LLP, Lex Mundi member firm for USA, Georgia
  • Latin America / Caribbean: Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C. , Lex Mundi member firm for Mexico
  • Europe / Middle East: Pestalozzi, Lex Mundi member firm for Switzerland
  • Asia / Pacific:  Ali Budiardjo, Nugroho, Reksodiputro, Lex Mundi member firm for Indonesia
  • Africa: Coulson Harney, in association with Bowman Gilfillan, Lex Mundi member firm for South Africa.

“The Foundation is pleased to have this opportunity to recognize the incredible contribution Lex Mundi member law firms are making around the world. This year’s five award recipients serve as examples of the impact lawyers can have on their communities and lives as well as on strengthening the pro bono culture,” commented Chloe Holderness, Managing Director of the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation.


Examples of the diverse pro bono projects in which these firms have engaged include organizations such as:

  • Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF), an organization that is fighting climate change and global poverty with solar power;
  • VisionSpring, a social enterprise that brings high-quality, low-cost vision care to neglected communities around the world; and
  • One Acre Fund, an organization that is finding a new and effective solution to Africa’s hunger crisis.

This year’s award recipients have assisted these and many other social entrepreneur organizations with a wide range of critical pro bono legal services. The member firms’ pro bono commitments have enabled these organizations and many others to deepen their impact and improve communities and lives around the world.

About the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation

The Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit affiliate of Lex Mundi, the world’s leading association of independent law firms.  The Foundation’s mission is to engage Lex Mundi’s global network of leading independent law firms to support and empower those working to bring about high impact and sustainable social change that improves communities and lives.   The Foundation achieves its mission through two core programs. The first program utilizes Lex Mundi lawyers to provide critical pro bono legal services to the world’s leading social entrepreneurs. The second program is a recently launched unique online legal community, LawForChange, that provides a one-stop source of legal information and resources specifically designed to support, strengthen and empower the U.S. (and one day global) social sector. For more information, please visit http://www.lexmundiprobono.org/ and http://www.lawforchange.org/.


About Lex Mundi

Lex Mundi is the world’s leading association of independent law firms.  The association has more than 160 member firms around the world, representing approximately 21,000 lawyers. Membership in Lex Mundi provides member firms with a trusted network of law firms that share similar values and a similar focus on quality through which they can access global legal resources that enable them to serve their clients better and to improve continuously all aspects of their firms.  Member law firms are located throughout North America, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia and the Pacific, the Middle East and Africa.  Through the Lex Mundi Learning Network, Lex Mundi delivers on-line training opportunities to member firm lawyers and clients.  For more information, please visit www.lexmundi.com and www.lexlearn.com.

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Contact Information:

Chloe Holderness
1.202.429.1630

Carl Anduri
1.925.962.0115

Kathleen Pope-Sance
1.713.328.4521