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Most innovative North American law firms 2016: Innovation in Social Responsibility - Projects

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StandoutMorrison & Foerster and NPX Advisors109928Envisioned and structured the world’s first “impact security” which aims to improve the transparency of funding for organisations where the return includes a measure of social impact achieved. The new financial instrument brings standard for-profit capital markets concepts to the not-for-profit world and allows a greater pool of investors to participate in the social impact finance market. Commended: Anna Pinedo
StandoutReed Smith99927Using the mobile legal clinic framework established by the firm in Haiti, it has assembled professionals to provide legal, medical and mental health support as well as shelter and subsistence to vulnerable refugees in the Middle East. It continues to advocate for new protection mechanisms and a new global architecture to support refugees. Commended: Jayne Fleming
StandoutMayer Brown89926Led a multi-stakeholder consultation process to produce a report on police accountability in Chicago after the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald. The report has had national resonance and is broadly seen as a template for reform and to restore trust. Commended: Lori Lightfoot
StandoutMcGuireWoods98825Created JusticeServer, an online case management and referral tool to streamline support for legal aid organisations suffering decreased funding. The system has facilitated the administration of 20,000-plus cases involving more than 50,000 clients. Commended: Scott Oostdyk
StandoutWhite & Case99725A comprehensive global programme was initiated to integrate human rights expertise into the fabric of the firm through policy, processes and client documentation.
Highly commendedHogan Lovells98724Created the legal structure for the first off-grid solar securitisation in Africa, which will finance portable solar panels and other solar energy products. It creates a model to provide affordable and environmentally friendly energy to homes and businesses.
Highly commendedMorgan, Lewis & Bockius87924Principal counsel to Habitat for Humanity, which promotes affordable homes, for the establishment of MicroBuild, the world’s first housing microfinance fund. So far, more than 280,000 loans have been provided to families to build or improve homes.
CommendedMcDermott Will & Emery78823The firm works with the Sikh Coalition in efforts to end the presumptive ban which prohibits observant Sikh Americans, who wear turbans and beards, from serving in the US military. Commended: Amandeep Sidhu
CommendedSkadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom88723Created The Associates Committee, a foundation for major law firm associates who contribute $1,000 annually to provide urgently needed financial support to legal aid organisations and facilitate long-term relations with them for ongoing support.
CommendedBaker McKenzie87722In partnership with the Consortium for Street Children, the firm’s work gave street children an opportunity to influence public policy and new UN guidance on the rights of street children worldwide.
CommendedOrrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe77721Created a social impact bond to purchase and redevelop derelict and vacant properties in Richmond, California, to be sold to first-time home-buyers.
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