The 14th Annual Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation Awards were announced during the 2023 Lex Mundi Connect + Collaborate Annual Conference in San Francisco. 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.
The Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation (the “Foundation”) was proud to recognize the following award recipients:
- Clarke Gittens Farmer, Lex Mundi member for Barbados
- Davis Graham & Stubbs, Lex Mundi member for USA, Colorado
- Pestalozzi, Lex Mundi member firm for Switzerland
- Romulo, Lex Mundi member for the Philippines
- Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie, Lex Mundi member for Nigeria
“With high caliber legal support, social entrepreneurs are more successful at tackling global challenges. They scale faster, serve more people, and have greater impact. Lex Mundi member firms are critical allies supporting social entrepreneurs’ great efforts. They help these organizations to start, grow, and achieve their powerful missions. The 2023 honorees demonstrate how members of the Lex Mundi Network are using their pro bono resources, time, and expertise to make a tremendous impact with many of the world’s leading social ventures. Our member firm recipients, leading law firms in their jurisdictions, are committed to growing and strengthening pro bono culture, and thereby, the global social economy ecosystem,” said the Foundation’s Managing Director, Isis Bous.
Inspired changemakers work around the world to improve access to education, fight disease, reduce inequalities, combat global warming, protect civil rights, lift people out of poverty, and more. For every grand challenge, there are dedicated social entrepreneurs working on innovative solutions. They are, without question, more successful when they have access to quality pro bono legal advice. And the same characteristics that make Lex Mundi member firms valuable counsel to leading international corporations also make them powerful resources for these social enterprises.
Examples of the diverse group of social impact organizations supported by this year’s honorees, as well as other firms within Lex Mundi’s global network, include:
- Adyan: a foundation working to empower individuals across the MENA region and beyond to lead change and contribute to more just and inclusive societies for all.
- Mercy Corps: a global team of humanitarians working together on the front lines of today’s biggest crises to create a future of possibility, where everyone can prosper.
- Symbrosia: a cleantech startup reducing methane emissions with the world’s mightiest seaweed.
- Special Olympics: the world’s largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities providing year-round training and activities to 5 million participants and Unified Sports partners in 172 countries.
- We Care Solar: a nonprofit organization that designs, produces, and delivers Solar Suitcases to last-mile health facilities around the world, enabling midwives and doctors to provide timely and effective maternal and newborn care.
With more than 15 years of service dedicated to social enterprises, Lex Mundi member firms have provided critical pro bono support to over 1,000 social entrepreneurs on more than 2,000 projects through the Foundation. Lex Mundi lawyers help social enterprises change the world.
About the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation
The Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit affiliate of Lex Mundi. The Foundation’s mission is to engage Lex Mundi’s global network of leading independent law firms to support and empower those working to bring about high impact and sustainable change that improves environments, communities, and lives. Lex Mundi lawyers provide critical pro bono legal services to the world’s leading social ventures.