Lex Mundi Member Firms Support Efforts to Prevent Gender-Based Violence and Assist Survivors

According to UN Women, it is estimated that 35% of women worldwide have experienced intimate partner violence or sexual violence by a non-partner at some point in their lives and some national studies put the rate at up to 70%. Despite these staggering numbers, in the majority of countries with available data, less than 40% of the women who experience violence seek help of any sort. Among women who do, most look to family and friends and very few seek help from formal institutions and mechanisms, such as police and health services. As with so many of the vexing issues facing the world, social entrepreneurs are answering the call and the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation has been pleased to assist.

One such enterprise is No Means No Worldwide, which has the bold mission to end sexual violence against women and children around the world and uses its innovative “Impower System” to prevent rape on a massive scale. Equally impressive, our client FreeFrom has designed inspiring programs to support survivors of gender-based violence by creating pathways to financial security and long-term safety.

Along with the great effort outlined in 10 Lex Mundi Member Firms Participate in a Multi-Jurisdictional Project Providing Guidance on Civil Legal Remedies for Domestic Violence Survivors, Lex Mundi member firms have stepped up to assist these inspiring social enterprises to scale their transformative work. Morrison & Foerster LLP (USA, California) provided critical pro bono support to No Means No Worldwide on matters pertaining to intellectual property protection and contract negotiation.

Likewise, Morrison & Foerster was joined by Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP (USA, Indiana and Minnesota), Foley Hoag LLP (USA, Massachusetts), and Womble Bond Dickinson (USA, North Carolina) in a multi-state effort to provide in-depth pro bono research and assistance to prepare FreeFrom’s Compensation Compass. Available in all 50 states in the United States, the impressive tool makes the convoluted process of pursuing compensation accessible for survivors of domestic violence across the country by equipping them with the information and step-by-step support they need to seek economic justice for themselves.

“Launching the Compensation Compass nationally was a huge undertaking that required legal research on the compensation options available to survivors of domestic violence in all 50 states,” said Amy Durrence, Director of Law and Policy at FreeFrom. “We truly would not have been able to complete all of the research necessary to launch our groundbreaking new tech tool without the outstanding work of Lex Mundi Foundation’s member law firms. We’re forever grateful for the volunteers’ time, dedication, and excellent work product!”

“Gender-based violence takes an unfathomable psychological and economic toll on everyone it impacts and is a leading cause of gender inequality,” said Rachel Williams, Pro Bono Counsel for Morrison & Foerster LLP. “We are inspired by the remarkable work being done by No Means No and FreeFrom to combat this global human rights epidemic. When given the opportunity to help them do their great work, we jumped at the chance and appreciate the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation sourcing these important matters.”

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.