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TrustLaw Awards 2016

Updated: Thu, 28 Jul 2016

Impact AwardBack to top

The Impact Award recognises projects that demonstrate significant, wide-ranging impact for an NGO or social enterprise, their community, and beyond. The nominees are: 

Tackling acid violence to ensure justice for survivors
Acid Survivors Trust International with J Sagar Associates (India), Linklaters (UK - England and Wales), Baker & McKenzie (Colombia) and P&A Asia (Cambodia).

Changing laws to ban gay conversion therapy
Equality Illinois with Kirkland & Ellis.

Research on disability law and the right to education in India
Sol’s ARC with Dentons and Law Quest.

Collaboration AwardBack to top

The Collaboration Award recognises projects that showcase highly effective working relationships between legal teams, NGOs and social enterprises that have dramatically increased the potential impact of projects as a result. The nominees are:

Critics are not criminals: protecting journalists from criminal defamation laws
Committee to Protect Journalists with Debevoise & Plimpton, Brigard Urrutia (Colombia), Cariola, Díez, Pérez-Cotapos & Cía (Chile), Benedetti & Benedetti - Central Law (Panamá), Díaz Durán & Asociados- Central Law (Guatemala), Medina, Rosenthal & Asociados - Central Law (Honduras), Molina & Asociados - Central Law (Nicaragua), Quirós Abogados - Central Law (Costa Rica), Rusconi, Medina & Asociados - Central Law (El Salvador), Estudio Rodrigo Elias & Medrano (Perú), Norton Rose Fulbright (Venezuela) and Rose & Co Attorneys at Law (Trinidad and Tobago).

Refugee crisis: advising on border control, asylum and refugee settlement and relocation in Europe
International Rescue Committee with Latham & Watkins, Dr. Jean-Pierre Gauci - British Institute of International and Comparative Law,  Lex Specialis, Debarliev, Dameski & Kelesoska (Macedonia), Glinska & Mišković (Croatia), Joint Law Office Marić & Mujezinović in cooperation with Kinstellar (Serbia) and Peace Institute (Slovenia).

Protecting fishing industry workers from slavery and labour exploitation
Visayan Forum Foundation with Linklaters (China, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Thailand, UK – England and Wales, United States), Baker & McKenzie (Indonesia, New Zealand), Norton Rose Fulbright (Australia, South Africa), Puyat Jacinto & Santos (Philippines), Sasol Limited (South Africa), White & Case (Germany, Japan, Singapore).

Innovation AwardBack to top

The Innovation Award recognises 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 nominees are:

Social enterprise structuring guide for Argentina
ENI Di Tella with Estudio Beccar Varela, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Hewlett Packard Inc.

UK crowdfunding guide for social enterprises
Young Foundation with Mishcon de Reya.

Patenting a life saving, low cost temperature monitoring bracelet for babies in India
Bempu Health with Microsoft and Ashu Thakur & Associates.  

Legal Team of the Year AwardsBack to top

These awards recognise the effort and enthusiasm law firms and legal teams have demonstrated in supporting pro bono clients over the last year on projects undertaken through TrustLaw. The nominees are:

International Law Firm of the Year

  • DLA Piper
  • Hogan Lovells 
  • Latham & Watkins

Domestic Law Firm of the Year

  • Machado, Meyer Sendacz Opice (Brazil)
  • Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa
  • Thige Advocates (Kenya)
  • Vieira de Almeida & Associados (Portugal)

In-House Legal Team of the Year

  • AIG
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • JP. Morgan

Lawyer of the Year AwardBack to top

Every year since 2013, the TrustLaw awards have recognised an individual lawyer or team of lawyers who have gone above and beyond in providing exceptional pro bono support on a TrustLaw project, as nominated by one of our NGO or social enterprise members. This year we received over 50 nominations and are delighted to present our shortlist of nominees for the 2016 TrustLaw Lawyer of the Year Award:

  • David Birnbaum, Evan Knobloch and Jonathan Man from Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago, US
  • George Morris from Simmons & Simmons in London, UK
  • Joanna Zhou from DLA Piper in Sydney, Australia
  • Nguyen Thi Quynh Nhu from Grunkorn & Partner Law in HCMC, Vietnam
  • Yvonne Chilume from Chilume & Company in Gaborone, Botswana

Voting has now closed for the Lawyer of the Year Award. The winner(s) will be announced at the Awards ceremony on 22 September in NY.  

The first day of Ramadan in an Indian mosque
Members of a caravan of migrants from Central America climb up the border fence
Women pray for victims of the March 11, 2011 quake and tsunami disaster in Japan
Harvesting machines can be seen working during the opening ceremony of the Grain Harvest in Caseara, Brazil
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    Khadieja Omer Mohamed, a 4th grader at Sudan Aid School at the Dereige camp for internally displaced in Nyala in South Darfur, has set her sights on becoming a doctor in her adulthood.

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    Manasik Yousif Abdo-Rahman - standing in shade created by rugs hanging on trees - was born in the Alsalam camps in El-Fasher in North Darfur.

    She hopes to become an electrical engineer one day.

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    Tahani Abdallah Omer wishes to be a doctor or a teacher like her aunt in her adulthood.

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    Mona Abdallah Fath Al- Jaleel wishes to be a doctor in her adulthood.

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    Nohaa Abdo El-Kareem Al-zain wishes to be a doctor in her adulthood.

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    The Darfur conflict began in 2003 when mainly non-Arab tribes took up arms against the Arab-led government in Khartoum, accusing it of discrimination.

    The mass killings of a decade ago have eased, but the insurgency continues and Khartoum has kept up attacks on rebel groups, leaving many living in limbo in harsh conditions.

    Khartoum mobilised proxy Arab militia to help quell the revolt in a region where many live in houses made of straw and grass. Some militiamen, known locally as Janjaweed, pillaged and burned villages and killed civilians. The government has called the Janjaweed outlaws and denied supporting them.

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    Kareema Abdallah Adam wishes to be a doctor in her adulthood.

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    Mozdalifa Abaker Omer wishes to be a doctor in her adulthood.

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    Nidaa Abdallah wishes to be an engineer in her adulthood.

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    Almost half a million people were displaced last year alone, the highest annual total since the height of the conflict in 2004, U.N. figures show.

    According to the U.N., about 4.4 million people need humanitarian assistance in Darfur and more than 2.5 million remain displaced.

    But 12 years on, the 12-year olds who have known little else seem remarkably focused on a better future.

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