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Ranking
Innovation
Originality
Rationale
Impact
Total
Description
DLA PiperStandoutBuilding a culture of pro bono in Mexico89825Showed commitment in working with Mexico Appleseed, a non-governmental organisation, on initiatives to educate the next generation of lawyers in Mexico about pro bono work and promote thinking about the ethical role of lawyers in society
DLA PiperStandoutHelping Promise Neighborhoods become a reality88723Working with communities to help achieve the US government’s goals to transform schools and early-education programmes. The firm has worked with coalitions who recommend it for its active approach, commitment and initiative in helping them reach for Promise Neighborhood status
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and FlomStandoutSkadden Fellowship Foundation87722The foundation is designed to enable 25 bright, young lawyers to enter a public service career every year. Set up in 1988, it continues to fund people for the first two years of their public careers, and ensures some of the brightest legal talent goes into public life
Jones DayStandoutPartnering a court and a high school to bring law alive to inner city students87621With the US court for the northern district of California and Sacramento New Technology High School, the firm has created an interactive, rounded programme to engage 50 students a year in the possibilities of a legal career
DechertStandoutMaking the legal system more accessible to tenants without representation68721In a tripartite collaboration between the public and private sectors and law students, the firm helps provide representation to tenants in Pennsylvania who would otherwise have none. With multiple sources of involvement, the programme is growing. It handled 142 cases in 2008
Freshfields Bruckhaus DeringerHighly commendedLawyers to (RED), the global cause marketing organisation66820Supports Red, an innovative organisation to develop brand businesses to combat HIV in Africa. Treating Red as it would a fee-paying client, the firm gives complete legal support across its activities worldwide
DLA PiperHighly commendedVerizon partnership67720Worked with Verizon, the telecoms group, to help create and develop a new pro bono programme for the company, which was launched in late 2009 and is based on a comprehensive, committed and long-term partnership
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & HamiltonHighly commendedPartnership with Washington Irving High School67720An outstanding example of a complete, committed, hands-on relationship with a school. The firm has had a tangible impact on the lives of the students and runs various programmes such as internships, mentoring and a model UN scheme
Baker & McKenzieHighly commendedEncouraging freedom of information in Yemen87520Worked with Yemeni parliamentarians in drafting a freedom of information law, which would be the first of its kind for Yemen
Baker & McKenzieHighly commendedAdvancing women's rights in Nepal78520Mobilised lawyers and 40 in-house counsel from three corporations across 11 countries to prepare model legislation and educational tools designed to help protect women working in the “cabin and dance” restaurants of Nepal
Mayer BrownCommendedPartnering Yale Law School to operate a Supreme Court advocacy clinic67619Two-fold project that gives students a taste of the Supreme Court while helping clients. The firm's lawyers who run the clinic were praised for their dedication and attention
Latham & WatkinsCommendedImmigration court system reform: research and advocacy68519Working with Appleseed, a non-profit network of public interest justice centres, the firm put together an in-depth report assessing the US immigration court system, including recommendations for reform that were presented to members of the president's transition team
Shearman & SterlingCommendedInternational criminal work for Rwanda and Cambodia66618Worked with the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the International Criminal Court and Cambodia Tribunals, developing and highlighting legal issues surrounding international criminal justice
Mayer BrownCommendedWorking with an NGO to end homelessness66618A partnership with the Corporation for Supportive Housing, which is a combination of pro bono and training. Lawyers from all over the firm help CSH in all its activities with efficiency and success
Mayer BrownCommendedSupporting microfinance initiatives66618Completed a complex and challenging $62m syndicated credit facility for BRAC, a Bangladeshi NGO, allowing it to scale up its microfinance operations in Africa
Jones DayCommendedWorking with international NGOs to further their agenda66618Sought to extend its international pro bono work through assisting Grameen Bank, Room to Read and Lawyers without Borders on global issues
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