In late April, the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation traveled to New York to attend Lex Mundi’s Annual Conference which brings together top leadership from member law firms from across the globe.
At the event, the Foundation was delighted to have the opportunity to present our 9th Annual Awards honoring Lex Mundi member law firms that have provided critical pro bono legal services to the Foundation’s clients – thereby helping to strengthen the global rule of law, support the global social entrepreneurship movement, and improve the lives of the world’s poor and disenfranchised. Our sincere thanks and congratulations go out to all five member-firm winners!
Honoring the 2018 Awardees! From left to right: Managing Director, Isis Bous; Legal Program Director, Andrew Morgan; Jonathan Schlossberg (Bowmans, South Africa); Founder, David Roll; Senior Advisor, Chloe Holderness; Michiel Wesseling (Houthoff, The Netherlands); Ruti Smithline (Morrison & Foerster LLP, USA, California); Mohammad A. Syed (RIAA Barker Gillette, Pakistan); Carlos Umana (Brigard & Urrutia, Colombia)
The Annual Conference and awards ceremony in New York provided an ideal forum to recognize the Foundation’s outgoing Managing Director, Chloe Holderness, for her outstanding contributions to the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation over the past 10 years. Together with our Founder, Dave Roll, Chloe has been responsible for the Foundation’s growth and success from its earliest days. She recently stepped back from the Managing Director role but will continue to support the Foundation as a Senior Advisor and member of the Board of Directors.
We want to extend our deepest appreciation to Chloe for her leadership in building the Foundation into the world’s premier pro bono legal provider for social entrepreneurs and for her ongoing commitment and service to the Foundation. In addition to Chloe, the Foundation is honored to welcome five new members to our board of directors: Robert Granatstein (Blake, Cassels & Graydon, Canada, Alberta) David Greenwald (Jenner & Block LLP, USA, Illinois), Benjamin Haglund (Day Pitney LLP, USA, New Jersey), Fatima Laher (Bowmans, South Africa), and Michelle Lieberman (S. Horrowitz & Co., Israel). These new members join Daniel Del Rio (Basham, Ringe y Correa, Mexico), Amjad Khan (Afridi & Angell, United Arab Emirates), Pallavi Shroff (Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co., India), Tiziana Sucharitkul (Tilleke & Gibbins, Thailand) Carlos Umana (Brigard Urrutia, Colombia), and Michiel Wesseling (Houthoff, The Netherlands) in providing strategic leadership and guidance to the Foundation’s officers.
We would also like to extend our sincere appreciation to outgoing board members Barbara Dawson (Snell & Wilmer, USA, Arizona), Alex Hertman (S. Horrowitz & Co., Israel) and Michael Ray (Womble Bond Dickinson, USA, North Carolina) for their dedicated leadership over many years.
In order to provide compelling pro bono opportunities to Lex Mundi member firms around the world, the Foundation relies on collaborating organizations to help us source vetted, high-impact social entrepreneur clients. These organizations are on the front lines of supporting, funding, and accelerating the world’s leading social entrepreneurs. We team with these collaborators to provide the critical pro bono legal support that their respective social entrepreneur cohorts rely on to scale their impact. You can see a full list of our collaborators here.
The Foundation continually works to strengthen existing collaborator relationships as well as to source new ones. Recently, we connected with three organizations that fit the profile of the type of social enterprise collaborators we seek. We are very excited to support their social entrepreneurs! Read about them below.
SEED SPOT is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting all social entrepreneurs creating a product, service, or technology that improves lives or makes the world a better place.
SEED SPOT seeks to support entrepreneurs by surrounding them with the right access to resources, mentors, business fundamentals, community partners, capital sources, and anything they need to succeed. The Foundation will provide legal mentoring and pro bono legal support to their social entrepreneurs.
The Edwin Gould Foundation runs New York’s premier incubator for education-related social enterprises. The Accelerator selects early- and mid-stage organizations with the highest potential for impacting college outcomes for low-income students and provides consulting that helps leaders be their best so that their organizations’ can spread and scale.
AARP, the largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering Americans 50 and older, recently became the new home for the "Purpose Prize," taking it over from encore.org. The Purpose Prize award honors extraordinary individuals who use their life experience to make a better future for all. Our own Founder, Dave Roll, was a 2009 Purpose Prize winner for his work with the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation.
We are delighted to work closely with these three great organizations to provide their social entrepreneur cohorts pro bono legal assistance through the Lex Mundi network.