Driving Impact in Oklahoma: Lex Mundi Member Firm Assists Modus to Expand Access to Social Services in Tulsa

According to the National Academies of Science Engineering & Medicine, many segments of the population have limited access to jobs, goods, services, health care, recreation, and social interaction because of a lack of transportation options. This can be particularly troublesome when it comes to health and social service access, causing some individuals in need to put off necessary treatment. One population that is particularly at risk: teenagers.

Enter Modus. According their website, of the 40,000 teens in Tulsa, OK, 16% (or 6,400) are unable to access health services due to the lack of adequate transportation options. Through its innovative curb-to-curb transportation service, Modus enables young people to get to their medical and social service appointments on time and consistently. Meanwhile, their education arm, ModusEd, trains every high school student at Tulsa Public Schools to use the city’s transit system. Together, Modus and ModusEd increase youth transit use, reduce agency spending on inefficient transportation, and increase youth access to healthcare and social services.

The Lex Mundi member firm for Oklahoma, Crowe & Dunlevy, provided key pro bono legal assistance to help Modus secure its intellectual property so that it can grow and expand its solution throughout Oklahoma and, hopefully, beyond!

“The Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation played a critical role in our organization’s strategic plan by connecting us with Crowe and Dunlevy, a reputable law firm that was familiar with our community and that specialized in the type of legal services we needed the most,” said Leslie Neal, Executive Director of Modus. “Crowe and Dunlevy helped ensure that the integrity of our brand and our innovative technologies are secure, which was an important preliminary step in our organization’s long-term plan that will allow us to expand into other urban areas where transportation acts as a major barrier.”

“Crowe & Dunlevy is honored to have advised a Tulsa-based nonprofit startup with its intellectual property matters, including registering its trademarks with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office,” said Shawn M. Dellegar, member of the Crowe & Dunlevy’s Intellectual Property Practice Group. “We wish Modus the best as it continues to grow and make an impact as an innovative change-maker for communities in need.”

Navigating Dobbs: Guidance for Companies

In light of the US Supreme Court’s recent decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization overturning the decisions in Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey, Lex Mundi member firm Jenner & Block has issued an alert discussing risks and providing guidance on how companies can proactively respond to the changing legal landscape.

News On Purpose

In This Issue:

  • Connect, Collaborate & Celebrate (Annual Meeting Highlights)
  • Working to Address Gun Violence (Supporting Sandy Hook Promise)
  • Thought Leadership that is Making an Impact (Social Enterprise Report)
  • Coming Together for Ukraine (Crisis Resource Center)

Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation Honors Five Member Firms for Exceptional Pro Bono Contributions and Support

Awards Honor Lex Mundi Member Law Firms for Providing Critical Pro Bono Legal Services and Support to Social Impact Organizations

The 13th Annual Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation Awards were announced during the 2022 Lex Mundi Connect + Collaborate Annual Conference in Edinburgh on Thursday, April 28, 20022. These awards honor Lex Mundi member law firms that provide critical pro bono legal services – helping to strengthen the global rule of law, support the global social entrepreneurship movement, and improve lives, the environment, and communities around the world.

Coming Together for Ukraine: Legal Resources to Support those Responding to the Current Situation in Ukraine

Find guidance on immigration regulations and NGO/charitable organization registration requirements in bordering countries, as well as information on how to navigate restrictions. This is a living document. Additional resources will be added in the days and weeks ahead. Check back frequently for more information.

The Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation Launches Definitive Guide to Growing Social Enterprise

The Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation, in collaboration with more than 60 Lex Mundi member firms and led by Morrison & Foerster LLP, launches unprecedented report including recommendations to assist policymakers in accelerating the formation and growth of social enterprises.

News on Purpose - January 2022

2021 marked the 15th anniversary of the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation! This newsletter reflects on 15 years of service, discusses the newly redesigned website, and highlights ways Lex Mundi member firms are having a positive impact in their communities.