The first annual TrustLaw Awards were held in December 2011 to recognised the best TrustLaw Connect pro bono projects undertaken jointly by the legal profession, NGOs or social entrepreneurs.
The awards, hosted by Tom Glocer, chief executive officer, Thomson Reuters, and Monique Villa, chief executive officer, Thomson Reuters Foundation, recognised the combined work of NGOs and legal firms in three categories; impact, innovation and collaboration. In addition, three firms were recognised with special awards for their fantastic response to TrustLaw members’ legal needs.
The winners were presented with their prizes at a ceremony held at the Museum of London.
- 2011 Impact Award
Orrick, Latham & Watkins, together with 17 other law firms, for working with Adie to promote micro-entrepreneurship in Europe.
- 2011 Innovation Award
J. Sagar Associates and Hewlett Packard, for working with mDiagnostica to facilitate remote diagnosis of sick people in India's rural areas.
- 2011 Collaboration Award
Mayer Brown, together with 18 other law firms, for working with Transparency International to strengthen the global review process of the UN Convention against Corruption.
DLA Piper, GE and Hamilton Harrison & Mathews, received special awards for being the most active TrustLaw members in their respective categories (international law firm, in-house legal team and domestic law firm).
“TrustLaw could not exist without the extraordinary dedication and commitment of the many lawyers willing to share their expertise with NGOs and entrepreneurs,” said Monique Villa, chief executive officer, Thomson Reuters Foundation. “TrustLaw is a fabulous adventure and has become a critical service for NGOs and social entrepreneurs, helping to keep their legal costs down and allowing them to channel their funds to those in greatest need.”
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