Lex Mundi Member Firms in France, the U.S., and Kenya Assist ONE Campaign’s Effort to End Extreme Poverty

Extreme poverty remains a vexing problem worldwide. While global poverty rates have been cut by more than half since 2000, one in ten people in developing regions still lives on less than $1.90 a day – the internationally agreed poverty line, and millions of others live on slightly more than this daily amount.

Co-founded by Bono and other activists, ONE Campaign is fueled by the belief that the fight against poverty isn’t about charity, but about justice and equality. It is a global movement campaigning to end extreme poverty and preventable disease by 2030, so that everyone, everywhere can lead a life of dignity and opportunity.

Four Lex Mundi member firms in three countries have worked to assist ONE’s impressive mission. Day Pitney LLP (USA, New Jersey), Faegre Baker Daniels LLP (USA, Indiana and Minnesota), Bowmans (South Africa), and Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. (France) have all provided pro bono legal advice and counsel to ONE on a variety of topics. In the U.S., Lex Mundi members have helped with trademarks and on nonprofit compliance issues while in Kenya ONE benefited from advice on setting up a charitable affiliate. In France, Elena Piotrowski and Guillaume Navarro provided several hours of critical pro bono support to guide the ONE team through complex employment regulations and issues.

“The advice and guidance I received from pro bono lawyers through Lex Mundi have been invaluable to ONE”, said Hoodo Mohammed, ONE’s Corporate Counsel. “I am particularly thankful for the advice I received from Elena Piotrowski and Guillame Navarro at Gide,” she continued, “having no personal knowledge of French labor law, they offered sage counsel, were extremely attentive to our needs, and were always available to answer time-sensitive questions to help us through a complex process.”

“Providing ONE with legal assistance was truly an amazing experience,” Piotrowski and Navarro added. “We were delighted to work hand in hand with ONE on a daily basis to help their counsel handle a complex HR-related issue,” they continued, “ONE gave us the chance to tackle a legal challenge while being involved in an important philanthropic mission.”

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.