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Most innovative North American law firms 2015: Social responsibility - projects

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StandoutSterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox99826The firm helps underserved communities secure intellectual property rights to their cultural knowledge, agricultural inventions, medicines, and folklore. Commended: Jorge Goldstein.
StandoutJenner & Block88824Represented the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda in the construction of a 20-acre solar field that provides power and ensures that the charity is self-sustaining.
StandoutMcDermott Will & Emery98724Working with the Mattachine Society of Washington, a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) group, the firm is exposing the history of government discrimination against LGBT Americans.
Highly commendedChadbourne & Parke78823When a policy change meant that many immigrant children would face removal proceedings in New York City, the firm played a leading role to ensure that no child was deported without due process. Commended: Maureen Chad.
Highly commendedDLA Piper and Arent Fox98623In collaboration with Georgetown Law School, the two firms created the first low bono law firm to serve earners who do not qualify for legal aid.
Highly commendedMorrison & Foerster78823Created a fair and efficient reverse auction process for The Nature Conservancy’s BirdReturns project to create pop-up wetlands for migratory birds. Farmers bid to have their land rented to create the wetlands. Commended: Susan Mac Cormac.
Highly commendedSquire Patton Boggs88723The firm's Public Service Initiative, staffed by three full-time lawyers, argues for reform to the criminal justice system. They take on cases others reject. Commended: George Kendall.
CommendedAkerman78722In partnership with the Court Appointed Special Advocate Association (CASA), the firm supports 600,000 young people in foster care through community impact teams at each of its 20 offices.
CommendedSeyfarth Shaw78722Helps legal aid organisations to operate more efficiently through workshops that train them on ways to improve their business processes.
CommendedWeil, Gotshal & Manges78722Created a structure that allowed Neighbourhood Legal Services and Merrimack Valley Legal Services to harmonise and consolidate their operations to increase the impact of their legal aid work.
CommendedArnold & Porter77721A holistic effort to represent sexual assault victims in military criminal proceedings. Eighteen attorneys spent more than 1,150 hours in 2014 working towards systematic change.
CommendedK&L Gates77721Helps victims of non-consensual pornography obtain copyright for images and bring civil lawsuits against perpetrators via a 60-strong Cyber Civil Rights Legal Project group.
CommendedOrrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe77620Helps veterans transition from military service to becoming lawyers in private practice via career fairs and access to legal recruiters.
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