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In this Issue
- 2023 Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation Awardees
- Ensuring No Woman Delivers in the Dark
- Lex Mundi Recognized at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting
- Unleashing the Full Potential of Scientists Worldwide
Client: Seeding Labs
Member Firm: Foley Hoag LLP
Sector: Science & Technology
Legal Area: Labor & Employment, Contracts, Immigration
Seeding Labs is a Massachusetts nonprofit working to transform the map of scientific innovation by addressing the critical lack of startup capital for scientists in developing countries. By repurposing surplus laboratory equipment from local research institutions and providing it to researchers abroad, the organization reduces waste at home, ensures that talented scientists abroad can address critical health and environmental problems facing their communities, and bridges the scientific communities across international borders.
Since its inception in 2007, Seeding Labs has shipped 152 tons of equipment to talented scientists overseas, provided more than $5.3 million of donated lab equipment and supplies, and helped researchers and students at 51 universities and institutions around the globe.
Founder and CEO Nina Dudnik began the effort to build Seeding Labs as a PhD student in molecular biology at Harvard Medical School in 2003. She was a finalist in the 2006 MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition and was awarded an Echoing Green fellowship in 2007 to formally launch and expand Seeding Labs.
Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation collaborator Echoing Green introduced the Foundation to Nina in 2008. The Foundation sourced legal assistance from Lex Mundi member law firm Foley Hoag LLP which has been supporting Seeding Labs ever since (for nearly ten years!).
Through two different teams at Foley Hoag, Seeding Labs has received crucial assistance with employment law, international visa issues, and with contracts that have helped secure millions of dollars in funding and in-kind support from global corporations.
“I am grateful to the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation.” Dudnik recently said. “As an Echoing Green Fellow, you connected me to Foley Hoag in 2008 and I’m proud to say they are still supporting us with pro bono counsel 9 years later! I know that Seeding Labs’ success has been furthered by the help from Foley Hoag through the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation.”
“Foley Hoag has a long history of providing pro bono legal services to nonprofit groups on a local and national scale,” said Foley Hoag partner Mark Haddad, who co-chairs the firm’s Business Department. “The fact that Seeding Labs is also based in Massachusetts and benefits developing countries has made our work with them all the more meaningful. We are proud to help this unique organization in many capacities as it delivers significant scientific impact with global reach.”
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The 14th Annual Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation Awards were announced during the 2023 Lex Mundi Connect + Collaborate Annual Conference in San Francisco on Thursday, May 4, 20023. 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.
This guidance responds to specific questions OFAC received related to earthquake relief efforts in Syria and explains how to provide legitimate humanitarian assistance to the Syrian people in compliance with U.S. sanctions.
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Lex Mundi has been awarded a Catalyst Business Commitment badge at this year’s World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, following the work of the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation to support social enterprise.