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TrustLaw Awards 2014

Updated: Fri, 29 Aug 2014

Impact AwardBack to top

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The impact of the legal projects undertaken through TrustLaw goes far beyond the scope of the initial work. Through their work, the lawyers in our network help change legislation, and help NGOs and social enterprises reach more individuals with their vital services. The Impact Award recognises projects that demonstrate significant, wide-ranging impact on the pro bono client, their community, and beyond.

The WINNERS of 2014 Impact Award are ... Vinson & ElkinsDrew & Napier and McCarthy Tetrault working with Beijing Zhongze Women's Legal Counseling and Service Center.

The video of the winning team and project is available here

The nominees for 2014 were:

 

Collaboration AwardBack to top

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TrustLaw projects often span multiple jurisdictions and require a number of pro bono providers and clients to work together to achieve a common goal. The Collaboration Award showcases highly effective working relationships between pro bono providers and recipients that have dramatically increased the potential impact of projects as a result.

The WINNERS of 2014 Collaboration Award are... Arnold & Porter lead a team of lawyers from 10 law firms who worked with Southern African AIDS Trust

The video of the winning team and project is available here

The nominees for 2014 were:

  • Arnold & Porter lead a team of lawyers from 10 different law firms who worked with Southern African AIDS Trust, a non-profit supporting community responses to HIV. The team helped conduct research on the legal frameworks and human rights implications in relation to HIV self testing.
  • DLA Piper led a team of lawyers from seven different law firms who worked with Hollaback! to create a global "Know Your Rights" guide to street harassment laws including local laws for verbal harassment, groping and public masturbation. 

Innovation AwardBack to top

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Our view has always been that ambitious legal projects have the potential to facilitate the evolution of an entire sector. The Innovation Award showcases projects that feature not only a new and exciting idea or enterprise, but a legal team that used creativity in addressing the issues faced.

The WINNERS of 2014 Innovation Award are ... HSA Advocate working with Pollinate Energy

The video of the winning team and project is available here

The nominees for 2014 are:

  • HSA Advocate provided structuring advice to Pollinate Energy, an organisation distributing solar panels in urban slums of India and looking to partner with microfinance institutions. 
  • Baker & McKenzie lead a team of lawyers from 5 different law firms who worked with Instiglio to research on laws affecting the implementation of Social Impact Bonds in multiple jurisdictions. 

Legal Team of the Year AwardBack to top

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This award recognises hard work and enthusiasm in supporting pro bono clients over the last year on projects undertaken through TrustLaw in different categories: domestic law firm, international law firm, and in-house legal team. 

2014 Domestic Law Firm of the year award WINNER is... Doulah & Doulah (Bangladesh)

Watch the video of the winner here

Domestic Law Firm nominees were:

 

2014 International Law Firm of the year award WINNER is... McDermott Will & Emery

Watch the video of the winner here

International Law Firm nominees are:

 

2014 In-House Legal Team of the year award WINNER is... Hewlett-Packard

Watch the video of the winner here

In-House Legal Team nominees are:

 

Lawyer of the Year AwardBack to top

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‘TrustLaw Lawyer of the Year Award’ recognises the individual lawyers who have gone above and beyond in giving exceptional pro bono support. For the ‘2014 TrustLaw Lawyer of the Year Award’, we have asked NGO and social enterprise members in our network to nominate a lawyer, or team of lawyers, that they feel have demonstrated extraordinary commitment to a project.

The WINNER of Lawyer of the Year Award 2014 is... Caroline Stakim, Associate, Morrison & Foerster

Watch the video of the nominees and winner here

The nominees for 2014 were:

  • Chris Round. Chris is a partner at K&L Gates, practicing intellectual property law in Melbourne, Australia. He was nominated by Earthwatch Institute, who said he was ‘very friendly and responsive’, helping to provide proper protection for their IP portfolio.
  • Wolfram Grünkorn. Wolfram was nominated by Mekong Plus, for his advice on the NGO’s tax issues. He is a German lawyer who moved to Vietnam in 2012 and set up his own practice based in Ho Chi Minh City.

  • Caroline Stakim. Caroline is a member of Morrison & Foerster’s employment and labor group based in London. She and her team were nominated by two NGO’s; You Make It Ltd and StudentHubs (Worthwhile). StudentHubs had said the advice they received had been ‘hugely helpful’ and will allow them to ‘continue to deliver our social mission....and will ensure our governance and structuring are optimally set up to allow us to focus our operational efforts’. 
  • Nikolas Colbridge. Nikolas is a counsel at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in the international corporate finance group in London. He was nominated by ERM Foundation’s Low Carbon Enterprise Fund and was able to help them with their work supporting Central American social enterprises.
  • Ashni ShahBree Miechel and Chloe Morris. Ashni is an associate at Simmons & Simmons’ employment practice group in Hong Kong. They were nominated by Fargo Foundation for helping the organization register as a non-profit in Hong Kong.

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