FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Washington, D.C., January 23, 2012) The Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation and LexisNexis are pleased to announce a joint collaboration to strengthen the rule of law throughout the world. Working together, these two organizations are combining their skills and resources to support and empower social entrepreneurs who are working around the world to improve the lives and communities of the poor and disenfranchised and to mobilize leaders of the global legal profession.
Since its inception in 2006 the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation has strengthened the rule of law through its “matchmaking” program which calls on Lex Mundi’s unique global network of 160 top-tier commercial law firms to support the work and success of high impact social entrepreneurs. To date the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation has provided critical support to over 350 of the world’s most successful social entrepreneurs. In addition, its website LawForChange™ is providing valuable legal information and resources to a broader community of social changemakers and is well positioned to dramatically increase its impact and become the premier global online legal community for the social sector.
Ken Thompson, Executive Vice President and Global Chief Legal Officer, for LexisNexis commented, ‘At LexisNexis, we believe that advancing the rule of law and giving back to the society in which we live and practice is both an opportunity and a responsibility. Through our collaboration with the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation, LexisNexis can further engage its employees in mobilizing global support for the rule of law and provide pro bono legal and other services to the world’s leading social change makers. We are honored to make this commitment, supporting the tremendous work of the Foundation and its160 member firms in more than 100 countries around the world.”
Chloe Holderness, Managing Director of the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation, said, “We are very excited to partner with LexisNexis. Our shared mission and complementary platforms make this an incredible opportunity. Together we can leverage our efforts, knowledge and resources to have an even greater collective impact on strengthening the global rule of law.”
About LexisNexis Legal & Professional
LexisNexis Legal & Professional (www.lexisnexis.com) is a leading global provider of content and technology solutions that enable professionals in legal, corporate, tax, government, academic and non-profit organizations to make informed decisions and achieve better business outcomes. As a digital pioneer, the company was the first to bring legal and business information online with its Lexis® and Nexis® services. Today, LexisNexis Legal & Professional harnesses leading-edge technology and world-class content, to help professionals work in faster, easier and more effective ways. Through close collaboration with its customers, the company ensures organizations can leverage its solutions to reduce risk, improve productivity, increase profitability and grow their business. Part of Reed Elsevier, LexisNexis Legal & Professional serves customers in more than 100 countries with 10,000 employees worldwide.
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. For more information, please visit www.lexmundi.com.