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LEX MUNDI PRO BONO FOUNDATION
We make pro bono legal services available to
social entrepreneurs by calling upon the Lex Mundi
global network of 160 top tier business law firms.
The mission of the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation is to provide social entrepreneurs with access to first class legal advice.
Drawing from Lex Mundi’s network of 160 top tier business law firms with more than 500 offices throughout the world, we find experienced lawyers who provide legal advice to social entrepreneurs on a pro bono basis.
A social entrepreneur is a changemaker-- an innovative leader who uses entrepreneurial approaches to solve social problems in communities, regions, countries and sometimes the whole world.
There are hundreds of successful social entrepreneurs working for positive social and economic change throughout the world. Examples are:
PATH, headed by Dr. Christopher Elias, works in more than 100 countries in the areas of reproductive health; vaccines and immunization; HIV, AIDS, and tuberculosis; and children’s health and nutrition. It has developed and distributed cost-effective technologies that have saved the lives of millions.
Barefoot College, founded by Bunker Roy, turns rural high school “dropouts” into “barefoot” doctors, engineers, architects, teachers and IT specialists, bringing the benefits of improved technologies to hundreds of thousands across India.
CAMBIA and BIOS, operated by Richard Jefferson, pioneers an open source system to transform the way biotechnological innovation is carried out, allowing local scientists and breeders to improve agricultural productivity and profitability in developing countries.
Ciudad Saludable, the brainchild of Albina Ruiz, has turned waste collection in slum areas into a profitable enterprise, providing employment for thousands of community members. As a result of its work, health and living conditions have improved for the 3 million low income people it serves.
One World Health, led by Dr. Victoria Hale, is the world’s first non-profit pharmaceutical company to complete new drug development for diseases of the world’s poorest people. Donated IP from pharma and biotech companies is the backbone for further drug development and deployment for those most in need.
WHO WE ARE
The Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation organized under the laws of the District of Columbia. The Foundation is an affiliate of Lex Mundi, the world’s leading association of independent law firms. The President of the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation is Carl Anduri, who is also the President of Lex Mundi, and the Foundation’s Board of Directors is comprised of the same individuals who serve on the Executive Committee of Lex Mundi.
The day-to-day operations and the activities of Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation are supervised and administered by its Managing Director, David Roll, former partner and chair of Steptoe & Johnson in Washington, DC. Dave’s email address is email@example.com and his telephone number is 202-429-8169.
WHAT WE DO
Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation is a matchmaker. Drawing upon Lex Mundi’s global network of business law firms, the Foundation finds experienced lawyers willing to provide pro bono legal services to social entrepreneurs. Social entrepreneurs decide whether to retain or engage Lex Mundi lawyers who have been introduced by the Foundation. The Foundation does not practice law.
The Foundation also strengthens the rule of law by working on selected legal reform projects and it provides instruction and training to social entrepreneurs in basic business law and how to effectively use lawyers.
WHY WE DO IT
The Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation and the law firms and lawyers who are members of Lex Mundi seek to define and embody the highest ideals of the legal profession and to remain at the forefront of the profession. We believe that along with the privileges conferred upon the legal profession we have a corresponding obligation to insure access to justice and to promote the rule of law.
We choose to assist social entrepreneurs because they have enormous positive impact on the poor and disenfranchised and because they need the services of top tier business law firms--which precisely matches the defining characteristic of Lex Mundi membership. By promoting the delivery of pro bono legal services to these social and economic changemakers, we are ensuring greater access to justice systems all around the world and at the same time we are strengthening the rule of law.
OUR LAW FIRMS
To locate lawyers who will provide pro bono legal services to social entrepreneurs, the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation draws upon the law firms that are members of Lex Mundi, the world’s leading association of independent law firms. The hallmarks of Lex Mundi firms are quality, service, local market knowledge and reputation as a preeminent law firm in their jurisdiction. Corporations worldwide, their owners and their advisors, turn to Lex Mundi law firms to provide outstanding legal expertise and exceptional legal services.
The Lex Mundi network consists of 160 law firms with more than 500 offices in 100 countries. In the US, there is a Lex Mundi law firm in each state (except New York); in Canada there is a firm in each province; and in most of the rest of the world, there is a firm in each country (except England). There are more than 16,000 lawyers in the Lex Mundi firms.
SEARCH LEX MUNDI FIRMS WORLDWIDE: You may search for Lex Mundi member firms by jurisdiction via the Lex Mundi web site at www.lexmundi.com/membersearch.
The Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation was created in January 2006, but it has already found Lex Mundi law firms and lawyers around the globe who have provided services to a substantial number of social entrepreneurs. The projects are coming in daily as the word spreads throughout the social entrepreneurship community.
Among the projects staffed by Lex Mundi lawyers as a result of introductions by the Foundation are the following:
01) Establish non-profit corporation and provide related advice for a renowned conflict resolution leader
02) Develop intellectual property rights strategy for distribution of educational products in South America
03) Assist Ecuador social entrepreneur stop pirated broadcast of environmental program in the US
04) Draft complaint for suit by consumer organization against transit authority
05) Advise Algerian delegation on franchising legislation to spur economic development and provide jobs in poor areas
06) Provide corporate restructuring advice to high fashion Fair Trade enterprise in London and Tokyo
07) Help children’s rural poverty program based in the Netherlands prepare MOU for roll-out of new program in 15 developing countries
08) Advise leading social entrepreneurship sponsor on foreign investment restrictions in various developing countries
09) Assist US social entrepreneur incorporate a subsidiary in Indonesia
10) Provide loan structuring, banking and tax advice to social entrepreneur who is loaning funds to affiliate in Hyderabad, India
There are a number of outstanding foundations and organizations that provide sponsorship and support, financial and otherwise, to the growing community of social entrepreneurs throughout the world. The Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation has established working relationships with many of these organizations. These relationships are designed to inform social entrepreneurs about the availability of pro bono legal services through the Foundation and the Lex Mundi network and to establish a process by which requests for pro bono legal services by social entrepreneurs can be handled.
The Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation has formal and informal working relationships with the following social entrepreneurship organizations:
Ashoka Innovators for the Public, Alexandria, Virginia, USA
The Acumen Fund, New York City, USA
The Avina Foundation, San Jose, Costa Rica
The Draper Richards Foundation, San Francisco, California, USA
Echoing Green, New York City, USA
European Venture Philanthropy Association, London, England
Global Fund for Children, Washington, DC, USA
Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, Geneva, Switzerland
Summerbridge Breakthrough Alumni Network
Venture Philanthropy Partners, Washington, DC, USA
All of the trends point toward explosive growth in the size of top tier business law firms and that means the number of lawyers in Lex Mundi firms, now estimated at more than 16,000, will greatly increase, perhaps even double or triple, over the next 10 years. At the same time, there are strong indications that the obligation of lawyers to provide pro bono services, now firmly embedded as a value in the US, is rapidly spreading throughout the global legal profession.
Given these growth trends, the commitment of Lex Mundi to remain at the forefront of the legal profession, and the goal of the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation to become one of the world’s leading pro bono legal services organizations, our future plans are limited only by our imagination.
While we intend to focus initially on social entrepreneurship, we expect to be able to broaden our focus in future years. Among the areas within the scope of our future plans are: establishment of the rule of law in developing countries; legal reform; judicial reform; legal education and training for lawyers in developing countries; and anti-corruption initiatives.
OUR OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS
Michael Walker, Chairman of the Board of Directors
Executive Director, Maclay Murray & Spens
Carl Anduri, Jr., President, Director
President, Lex Mundi Ltd.
David L. Roll, Managing Director
Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Washington, DC USA
Melinda Eggenberger, Vice President
Lex Mundi, Ltd.
Samuel Nolen, Secretary, Director
Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A.
Wilmington, Delaware USA
Sandra Shapiro, Treasurer, Director
Foley Hoag LLP
Boston, MA USA
Peter Whelan, Director, Chair-elect
Johannesberg/Capetown, South Africa
Jorgen Madsen, Director, Chair-Emeritus
Michael Molitoris, Director
Nörr Stiefenhofer Lutz
Carlos Umana, Director
Brigard & Urrutia, Abogados
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