2016 Pro Bono Awards | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice

2016 Pro Bono Awards

White & Case honors a select group of lawyers and legal staff for their outstanding pro bono achievements each year. These individuals have applied their legal skills and knowledge to make a difference in the lives of individuals, build the rule of law and strengthen non-governmental organizations around the world.

The following White & Case lawyers and legal staff received awards in 2016 for work done in the prior 12 months.

Abu Dhabi

Sara Al Awadhi and Alaa Eltom
For advising entrepreneurs and corporate entities supported by Launchpad, a UAE enterprise specializing in corporate social responsibility initiatives across the region.

Noor Al-Essa
For helping Education for Employment, an NGO that trains and educates unemployed youth, establish a presence in the United Arab Emirates.

Ankara

Ozlem Kizil Voyvoda
For advising Médecins Sans Frontières on Turkish immigration and tax law, and for helping the International Senior Lawyers Project in conduct legal analysis of a new electricity law in Myanmar.

Astana

Talgat Mustafin and Almas Zhali
For assisting Equality Now, an NGO combatting violence against women, with a survey of sexual violence and existing legal remedies in Kazakhstan, and for support of the World Bank's Doing Business 2016 Report.

Beijing

Bo Xie
For assisting Penal Reform International, an NGO working on penal and criminal justice reform globally, with a study of national bail laws, and for assisting End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography & Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes (ECPAT) International on a global study of online child sexual exploitation.

Xiaofeng Gong
For providing general corporate and employment advice to Right to Play, an NGO that develops play-based development programs for the poor; and for advising Global Poverty Project, an education and advocacy NGO working to end extreme poverty, on IP issues.

Jing Chen
For assisting Namati, an NGO advancing the rights of community paralegals worldwide, with a global survey of paralegal recognition, and for assisting ECPAT International on a global study of online child sexual exploitation.

Berlin

Nicolas Bleimling
For assisting the European Shoah Legacy Institute, which aims to protect the rights of Holocaust survivors, in creating a database of Holocaust restitution cases in 21 countries, and support on a matter assisting the parents of a 10-year old girl with a life-threatening illness in an effort to persuade a US drug company to grant early access, under the principle of "compassionate use," to a newly developed drug which could potentially save her life.

Katrin Ruebsamen
For representing the parents of a 10-year old girl with a life-threatening illness in an effort to persuade a US drug company to grant early access, under the principle of "compassionate use," to a newly developed drug which could potentially save her life.

Bratislava

Kristina Klenova
For providing TransFuzia, a transgender rights NGO, with support on transgender discrimination issues; for assisting the European Roma Rights Center with a memo on water access laws in Hungary; and for contributing to The World Bank's Women, Business and the Law project.

Peter Hodal
For preparing an analysis of the election system of the Slovak Ice Hockey Federation to help ensure fairness; for assisting a grammar school situated in Bratislava with a land purchase; and for advising the Pontis Foundation, an NGO that supports Slovak nonprofits, on an agreement that will be used to govern its relationships with service providers and NGOs. 

Vladimir Ivanco
For work on a variety of pro bono matters, and ongoing coordination and support of pro bono activity in the Bratislava office.

Brussels

Irina Trichkovska
For extensive pro bono contributions on a variety of matters, including teaching European law to law school students from Bosnia & Herzegovina at the University of Sarajevo, and contributing to the Firm's global survey of online sexual exploitation legislation for ECPAT International.

Jerome Dickinson
For providing legal advice to the International Institute for Advanced Studies, an organization that advises African States on competition law; for providing the European Telecommunications Standards Institute with advice on a potential dispute with the EU regarding their partnership agreement; and for representing the International Committee for the Preservation of Cemeteries, Mass Burials and Historical Sites in the Ukraine regarding a famous Jewish cemetery that was desecrated by the Nazis during World War II in procedures that will prevent further physical damage.

Alex Rogers
For advising the World Wildlife Foundation on the implementation of an EU Regulation on illegal timber, and for support of The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.

Martin Möllmann
For exceptional service in support of pro bono activity in the Brussels office.

Jerome Dickinson, Isabelle Canete Garcia, Salim Den Hondt, Martin Möllmann, Mark Powell, Charlotte Van Haute and Alexandros Zografos
This team is being awarded for their efforts to improve living conditions at a youth center in Uganda, where orphaned and abandoned children live with little supervision, support and basic living necessities. The team has planned a series of fundraising initiatives in the Brussels office, and has written to Members of the European Parliament as well as the Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development of the European Commission, outlining the children's plight and urging that, in its treatment of children at the youth center, the Ugandan government be held to the human rights obligations that go hand in hand with receiving aid. 

Audrey Oh
For pro bono support of International Crisis Group; for providing fundraising advice to the Hands Up Foundation, a UK NGO that raises awareness of the crisis in Syria; and for assisting the Center for Reproductive Rights with a study of access to contraceptives in Uganda.

Genevra Forwood, Zena Prodromou and Irina Trichkovska
For legal representation of International Planned Parenthood Foundation and Marie Stopes International to contest an action brought by an adverse party before the General Court of the EU.

Doha

Charbel Abou Charaf
For coordinating pro bono activity across our Middle East offices; for assisting the Association for the Promotion and Exhibition of the Arts in Lebanon with the establishment of a new museum; and for providing legal advice to Grameen Jameel, a Middle East microfinance organization.

Dubai 

Fatima Adhami
For assisting EDGE for Lebanon, a social development organization, on a global study of governance frameworks employed by pluralistic societies aimed at legislative reform in Lebanon; and for providing legal support to a local branch of SOS Children's Villages.

Düsseldorf

Sabine Schulte Beckhausen
For providing advice to Fairtrade International, an association of member organizations that develops and reviews fair trade standards, with regard to a contractual concept for the trading of carbon credits.

Frankfurt

Mirko Wieczorek
For providing IP advice to International Crisis Group and for reviewing and amending its website terms and conditions.

Andreas Koessel
For assisting Visayan Forum Foundation, a migrant rights NGO, with research aimed at improving working conditions for fishermen in the Philippines.  

Christina Hueschemenger
For assisting Women in Europe for a Common Future, a global network of women's civil society organizations, in setting up a revenue-generating arm; and for providing advice to Aktionsbüdnis gegen Homophobi, a German LGBT rights NGO, regarding rights for an online video campaign against homophobia.

Tim Bracksiek
For providing tax and structuring advice to LiChutam Deutschland, a global organization that supports sustainable development; for advising Transgender Europe on German labor law as it hires new staff; and for work on other pro bono matters. 

Geneva

Sara Nordin
For work in support of genocide prevention NGO Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation; and for assisting Advocates for International Development with research pertaining to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Hamburg

Reinhard Sucker
For providing corporate advice to The Corporate Charter of Diversity for Germany; advice to the Chopin Society regarding a musical performance of the life of composer Frederic Chopin; work on behalf of Jourvie, an organization that supports people with eating disorders through an innovative online food diary; and IP support for Fairtrade International.

Bernd Schneider
For providing general corporate advice to the American Academy in Berlin; ongoing representation of ELIM Diakonie Service GmbH, a nonprofit that provides care centers, mobile health services and social integration projects for the elderly, disabled, and asylum seekers; and corporate advice to Stiftung Kloster Eberbach, a nonprofit foundation focused on the sustainable conservation and utilization of Eberbach Abbey, a monastery in Eltville, Germany.  

Sarah Goetze
For assisting Human Rights Matter, a Ukrainian human rights NGO, and ENOUGH is ENOUGH! OPEN YOUR MOUTH!, an LGBT anti-discrimination nonprofit; for helping establish Flüchtlingshilfe Hamburg, a refugee assistance nonprofit, as a charity; and a variety of other pro bono matters.

Christian Abel and Corinne Hauss-Löhde
For serving as legal custodians of two refugee children from Somalia. Corinne and Christian provide the children with social support and legal counsel on matters involved in acclimating to a new country of residence.

Kjell Jacobsen
For advising Vita Bohemica, an NGO that promotes Czech language and culture, with legal advice regarding the review and amendment of constitutional documents.

Helsinki

Sarianna Jarvio and Aatos Solhagen
For assisting the Pontis Foundation, a Slovakian foundation that supports a variety of NGOs, in researching legislation on the homeless in a number of jurisdictions; and for contributing to the World Bank's Women, Business, and the Law report.

Hong Kong 

Ophelia Lee
For designing workshops on the juvenile justice system for the Hong Kong Committee on Children's Rights; and for providing legal research to the United Nations Working Group on the Use of Mercenaries.

Sabrina Lee
For providing general legal advice to SX Foundation, a Hong Kong–based NGO focused on poverty relief, educational advancement and disaster relief; and for contributing to the ECPAT International global study of online child sexual exploitation legislation.

Vincent Lau
For providing general legal advice to SX Foundation, a Hong Kong–based NGO focused on poverty relief, educational advancement and disaster relief.

Istanbul

Erol Yusuf and Ersin Ozkaya
For staffing the AKDEM Zeytinburnu Women and Family Support Center, part of the Bilgi University Legal Clinic, on a regular basis to provide assistance on a variety of legal issues to physically or mentally abused women who have no other access to legal advice in a low-income area of Istanbul.

Lara Sezerler
For support of the Jessup Moot Court Competition; for advising FINCA International, a financial inclusion organization; and for legal support of TOHUM Autism Foundation, a nonprofit established to lead and disseminate early diagnosis and social integration of children with autism.

Nil Acar
For providing legal research support to Women Enabled International on gender-based violence; and for contributing to a global study on financial inclusion policies for the Alliance for Financial Inclusion.

Aslı Gülüm
For providing advice on local registration requirements to the Refugee Solidarity Network, an organization that protects the rights of refugees in Turkey; and for staffing AKDEM Women and Family Support Center, providing assistance to clients on a variety of legal issues.

Ayşegül Kula
For providing advice on local registration requirements in Turkey to the Refugee Solidarity Network; for providing support to White & Case's sponsorship of the Jessup Moot Court Competition; and for contributing research on school systems in South Africa for the Equal Education Law Centre, a law clinic that engages in strategic litigation on educational reform issues.

Johannesburg

Marianna Naicker
For providing legal advice to the African Management Initiative, an organization that provides educational development support to African business managers and entrepreneurs.

Given Mavhase
For providing assistance to the African Management Initiative; for providing tax advice to Christian Aid UK, a global poverty eradication NGO; and for work on various other pro bono matters.

Los Angeles

Lauren Fujiu-Berger, Marvin Bonilla, Kim Haviv (New York), Amara Levy-Moore, Justine Lu, Aalok Sharma, Rebecca Tarneja and Alice Tsier (New York)
For helping the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington bring a claim under the Washington state constitution challenging mergers of religious and secular hospitals, which may put patients at risk of being denied appropriate healthcare services.

David Nealy
For assisting with the formation of the social enterprise Harvest on behalf of Groceryships, a nonprofit that provides education and food access to low-income communities; and for advising the Aga Khan Foundation, a global development NGO, on setting up trust mechanisms.

Taylor Akerblom
For assisting in the review and filing of two clemency petitions for two US prisoners serving significantly longer sentences for nonviolent crimes than they would receive today; and for work on a California educational reform amicus brief.

Elliott Dionisio
For efforts to expunge the criminal record and remove warrants for the arrest of a sex trafficking victim; for work on a California educational reform amicus brief; and for coordination and overall support of pro bono in the Los Angeles office.

Michael Lebovitz
For extensive support of pro bono in the Los Angeles office and supervision on a variety of corporate and tax matters for our nonprofit clients.

London

Anthony Elghossain, Ronan O'Reilly and Dayle Perles
For their research on power sharing agreements, national dialogues during peace processes and peace-promoting sanctions implemented by regional authorities, for use by Public International Law & Policy Group stakeholders with an interest in peace-building in South Sudan and Syria.

Justin Benson, Catriona Henderson and Shane O'Driscoll
For their advice to a Community Interest Company that provides free air transportation for medical and humanitarian causes, looking at co-ownership arrangements and aviation regulations in regards to its set-up of a private aircraft management business to reduce reliance on charitable donations.

Raif Hassan
For his advice to 21st Century Leaders on the enforceability of a licensing agreement, and his leadership of the litigation department's regular involvement in the Royal Courts of Justice CAB clinic for litigants in person.

Sam Harding, Caitlin Lloyd, Anna Soroka and Radhika Wason
For their research on children's rights, which is being used to create a global database for Child Rights International Network with the aim of promoting access to justice for children around the world.  

Alex Bircham
For his advice to The Samaritans on various commercial issues, including funding and development arrangements.

Charlie Mercer
For his advice to a start-up creative enterprise that runs short film festivals in relation to an ongoing supplier dispute. This matter is part of a new project in which Deutsche Bank and White & Case lawyers collaborate to provide pro bono commercial advice to DBACE winners.

Rachel Cresswell
For her research into French law for the Open Society Justice Initiative on citizens' rights with respect to filming or publicizing alleged incidents of police brutality.

Alec Johnson
For his advice to Acumen, a nonprofit that invests in companies to tackle poverty, on transactional, tax and administrative matters.

Patrick Schuman
For his assistance to the European Shoah Legacy Institute, which aims to protect the rights of Holocaust survivors, in creating a database of Holocaust restitution cases in 21 countries.

David Goldberg
For his advice to The Memorial Scrolls Trust, which aims to protect over 1,600 Torah scrolls rescued from the Holocaust, on several corporate and commercial matters.

Nausheen Rahman
For her research on national provisions for amnesties for political crimes in several countries, for use by the Cyrus R. Vance Centre for International Justice.

Johnny Drysdale
For his advice to Toynbee Hall in regard to lease negotiations regarding a property to house the charity's employees during a major redevelopment of its existing site.

Lucy Bullock
For her advice to The Beulah Trust, a charitable foundation that aims to create sustainable livelihoods for the victims of trafficking, on the extensive negotiation of a shareholders agreement.

Stephen Ravenscroft
For his participation in several employment pro bono matters, including advice to Reverse Rett, Acumen, Only Connect and Wac Arts.

Marcus Collins
For his participation in several IP and trademark pro bono matters, including advice to Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, Beulah London, Classroom in the Clouds and the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark.

Sarah Taylor
For her participation in several pro bono employment matters, including advice to Global Dialogue, Reverse Rett, Advocates for International Development, Acumen and One World.

Tom Casey
For his participation in several pro bono matters, including advice to A Partner in Education, the Garza death penalty case and the Zoological Society of London.

Cheryl Ashman
For her continued commitment to supporting White & Case's collaboration with Nestlé's Alliance for YOUth Initiative (A4Y), which encourages youth employment across Europe, in particular her key role in developing the A4Y 'Readiness to Work Toolkit' to provide young people with the tools they need to enter the workforce.

Emily Elliott, Steven Houckham-West, Candace McCready, Lucy Plowright, Sonia Polzella, Nick Salmon,Tom Stratford and James Whiteley
For their consistent fundraising and organizational support for the London Office Charity Partner Only Connect, which is a creative justice charity that helps young people at risk of crime in London.

Jeremy Ford
For spending a five-week sabbatical in Rwanda lending his professional marketing skills to the creation of Africa's first professional cycling team, which aims to participate in top-tier events such as the Tour de France and the 2016 Olympic Games.  Since returning to London, Jeremy has continued to support Team Africa Rising.

Mariana Lavanchy and Laura Smith
For their coordination of White & Case's participation in the London Legal Support Trust's annual London Legal Walk to support law centers across the UK, and for their coordination of internal fundraising activities for LLST.

Leticia Tournaille
For delivering extensive professional skills development training sessions to the individuals supported by our Social Responsibility Initiative, for example, our PRIME work experience students.

Madrid

Flaminia Gonzalez-Bara
For assisting Open Society Justice Initiative with research on the legal framework in Spain for observing and filming instances of police brutality and disseminating such videos via social media; and for providing legal advice to Optometry Giving Sight, a global fundraising initiative devoted to combatting blindness and impaired vision.

Mexico City

Sofía Duclaud Llantada
For providing general legal advice to Grupo Aliada MX, a Mexican startup that aims to protect the rights of women who work as cleaners in homes and small businesses.

Gerardo Carrasco-Chávez
For helping a group of Tarahamura farmers, a Native American people of northwestern Mexico, combat a ruling by the Ministry of Agriculture allowing for the importation of potatoes, which would negatively affect their livelihood; for providing general legal advice to Asociacion para Leer, Escribir y Recrear, a Mexican literacy NGO; and for representing Aprendamos Primero, a Mexican education NGO, in litigation aimed at implementing constitutional reforms on education.

Ismael Reyes Retana
For continued leadership and support of pro bono in the Mexico City office and supervision of a number of matters.  

Rodrigo Avendaño
For assisting Deutsche Bank with the creation of a commercial microfinance development facility that encourages commercial banks to lend to microfinance institutions; and for work on behalf of Tarahamura farmers and Mexican education NGO Aprendamos Primero.

Pedro-Mauricio Morales
For assisting the Climate Action Reserve, a leading carbon offset registry, by reviewing documents required to implement their greenhouse emissions pilot project in Mexico; and for advising the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice on international and environmental laws and standards regarding the development of large infrastructure projects.

Fernando Garcia Gómez
For representing Aprendamos Primero, a Mexican education NGO, in litigation aimed at implementing constitutional reforms on education.

Alonso Castellanos Armella
For providing general legal advice to La Panaderia Centro Cultural de Arte, a Mexican culture and arts NGO; and for assisting education and literacy NGOs Aprendamos Primero and Associacion Para Leer.

Antonio Cárdenas
For providing general legal advice to Asociacion para Leer, Escribir y Recrear, a Mexican literacy NGO.

Miami

Raoul Cantero, Evelyn Fanneron, Mark Franke (New York), Mark Fuhr, Fan He, Tamara Van Heel, Warren Klinger (New York), Thomas Lauria, Kathryn Mims (Washington, DC), Michael Shepherd, Cheryl Sloane and Jason Zakia
For exceptional pro bono representation of The Faculty of Sweet Briar College, a historic 114-year old women's college in the State of Virginia. These lawyers assisted the college when it faced the threat of closure. The team secured a settlement for faculty members that requires the College to remain open for the next academic year to afford time to revitalize the institution, and secures severance for affected employees.

Sadena Blatt
For managing and coordinating a global research project undertaken for Namati, an NGO empowering community paralegals worldwide, on legal aid legislation as it relates to paralegals in a number of countries.

Lawrence Horsburgh
For outstanding work on the Namati global research project on legal aid legislation as it relates to paralegal recognition in a number of countries.

Zachary Dickens, Evan Goldenberg and Stephanie Silk
For ongoing representation of the estates of two decedents in a case against a gun store that improperly sold the murder weapon to a minor who had a criminal record and documented psychological problems.

Moscow

Andrei Dontsov
For continued leadership of the Moscow University Relations Program, through which lawyers in the Moscow office teach law and clinics to hundreds of students at universities in Moscow.

Hava Kadyrova
For work on a variety of matters related to the Moscow University Relations Program; for providing legal advice to Médecins Sans Frontières on the import of medicines; and for researching legislation on the homeless in a number of jurisdictions for the Pontis Foundation, a Slovakian foundation that supports a variety of NGOs.

Alina Chupakhina
For contributing research to the Russian LGBT Network on hate crime legislation and judiciary practice in Russia and surrounding countries; and for legal assistance to Médecins Sans Frontières.

Asel Mansurova
For work related to White & Case's sponsorship agreement with the Jessup Moot Court Competition in Russia; for participation in the Moscow University Relations Program; and for assisting the Pontis Foundation, a Slovakian foundation that supports a variety of NGO's, in researching legislation on the homeless in a number of jurisdictions.

Natalia Nikitina
For leadership and support of the Pro Bono practice in Moscow.

New York

Kevin Adam
For his work on several New York criminal appeals, including one for which leave was granted to the New York Court of Appeals.

Brandon Freeman
For helping the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation develop a template comparing the laws of various Latin American countries across topics relevant to genocide prevention.  These prototype templates have led to a request from 18 nations for the inauguration of an even more expansive project across six issue areas.

Kelly Bonner, Jackson Herndon, Jacob Reichert and Alex Reid
For drafting an important and legally innovative amicus brief for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cassirer v. Thyssen-Bornemisza Foundation, in which the plaintiff sought the return of a French impressionist masterpiece taken from his ancestors by the Nazi regime.

Fatima Carrillo, Gregory Little, Priya Srinivasan and Colin West
For obtaining a preliminary injunction barring the City of New York and the Department of Corrections from operating surveillance cameras in the attorney-client interview rooms at the new criminal courthouse in Staten Island.

Tara Opalinski
For exceptional support of various pro bono matters, including the Jessup Moot Court Competition and work on behalf of the International Crisis Group.

Laura Grai, Andrew Hammond, Caitlin McGoldrick and Martin Sawyer
For representing All Hallows High School in connection with a fraudulent conveyance claim brought by the Creditors Committee of the Christian Brothers Institute, a Catholic order that has filed for bankruptcy protection in the Southern District of New York. The Creditors Committee is seeking to avoid the 1990 transfer of the land deed for the high school so that the property may be treated as an asset of the bankruptcy estate.

Marija Pecar
For outstanding work on a variety of corporate and litigation pro bono matters.

Heather Abrams (Silicon Valley), Neil Bhargava, Kelly Bonner, John Forbush (Washington, DC), Michelle Lee, Dan Levin (Washington, DC), Eric Majchrzak, Diogo Metz (São Paulo), Jay Mitra, Tara Opalinski, Kanika Sharma and Brendan Woodard
For representing a death penalty inmate and securing a stay of execution. Working against the clock, the White & Case team successfully persuaded the State of Texas and the trial court overseeing the case to halt our client's execution pending DNA testing of evidence in the State's possession. Our representation is ongoing.

Steven Ross
For extensive work supporting a Buddhist center in upstate New York. Steven has obtained visas and visa extensions for individuals on retreat, prepared wills for the abbot and a nun from the center, and provided advice on fund raising and endowments.

Neal Grenley, Neal Van Vynckt and Karen Young
For assisting with incorporation in New York State and merger with a charity incorporated in Illinois  for Shakespeare's Globe Centre-USA, which supports the reconstructed theater in London devoted to the exploration and performance of Shakespeare's work.

John Padro, Abigail Simon and Cecilia Walker (Miami)
For representing a seriously ill minor from Honduras in deportation proceedings in Florida. The team successfully deferred deportation proceedings pending our client's treatment in the United States for Ewing's Sarcoma.

Seth Kerschner and Matt Wisnieff
For representing the Conservation Law Foundation, an environmental NGO, in a suit against a sand-and-gravel operation for violations of the Clean Water Act.

Poonam Gupta
For exceptional support on a variety of pro bono immigration matters.

Isaac Glassman and Eric Majchrzak
For outstanding representation of Fernando Maldonado in his criminal appeal at the New York Court of Appeals. The case involves an issue of first impression under New York law.

Paris

Hinda Rabkin
For helping the Media Legal Defense Initiative, an NGO that provides legal assistance to journalists, bloggers and independent media across the world, train human rights lawyers in Africa; and for general coordination and support of pro bono matters in the Paris office.

Aissatou Bah
For assisting Child Rights International Network, a global children's rights advocacy group, on a project involving researching the rights of children in more than 170 countries; and for assisting the Pan African Lawyers Union, an umbrella organization of African law societies and lawyers' groups, with research on laws that criminalize and penalize petty offences in several African countries.

Samuel Bourg
For assisting the Epic Foundation, a global NGO devoted to youth issues, with structuring advice as well as assistance obtaining tax-exempt status in Europe; and for assisting a pro bono client in the creation of an endowment fund for nephrology research at the Necker Hospital, a teaching hospital in Paris.

François Bohuon
For providing general legal guidance, as well as structural advice related to new international corporate entities, to MakeSense, a French association devoted to social entrepreneurship.

Galina Zukova
For assisting on a variety of pro bono matters for Médecins Sans Frontières, The Alliance for Financial Inclusion and The Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice.

Prague

Ludek Chvosta Jr.
For outstanding legal support to SOS Children's Villages, a global nonprofit dedicated to the care of orphaned and abandoned children. Ludek provided advice on, among other things, law, donation agreements and donation accounts, tax advice, privacy, labor law and also assisted with other legal matters arising in the course of the organization's day-to-day operations.

Michal Krivanek
For assisting the European Shoah Legacy Institute, an NGO that advocates for the interests of Holocaust survivors, with the creation of a database of Holocaust restitution cases in 21 countries.

Barbora Rovenska
For providing timely legal advice, including a review of contracts, to Post Bellum, a nonprofit dedicated to spreading awareness about Czech history.

Marek Dosedel
For assisting the European Shoah Legacy Institute n NGO that advocates for the interests of Holocaust survivors, with the creation of a database of Holocaust restitution cases in 21 countries; and for assisting Penal Reform International, an NGO working in penal and criminal justice reform globally, with research on the voting rights of prisoners.

São Paulo

Vera Felberg
For assisting the European Shoah Legacy Institute, an NGO that advocates for the interests of Holocaust survivors, with the creation of a database of Holocaust restitution cases in 21 countries.

Silicon Valley

Richard Lee
For coordination of pro bono matters in Silicon Valley; and for helping to draft corporate bylaws for the Global Networks Initiative, an organization that works to protect and advance free expression in the Information and Communications Technology sector.

Felipe Flores
For representing the National Charity League, a national nonprofit comprised of mother-daughter members, in their efforts to prevent the unauthorized sale of land used for a nonprofit retirement home; and for helping the ACLU of Washington bring a claim under the Washington state constitution challenging mergers of religious and secular hospitals, which put patients at risk of being denied appropriate healthcare services.

Heather Abrams
For coordination of pro bono efforts in our Silicon Valley office and work on a variety of pro bono matters.

Jeremy Ostrander
For work with the clemency project to review and file commutation petitions for prisoners around the country who are serving sentences for nonviolent crimes that are significantly longer than those they would receive if sentenced today; and for contributing to the Joe Franco Garza death penalty case.  

Singapore

Bella Khabbaz
For helping the Alliance for Financial Inclusion conduct a survey of financial inclusion policies and legal and regulatory information in various jurisdictions; for providing The Nature Conservancy, a global conservation nonprofit, with general corporate advice in connection with proposed activities in Myanmar and Singapore; and for helping to organize a two-day training session on legal drafting at the Faculty of Law and Political Science in Laos.

Lilian Ting
For assisting Women Empowerment International, an organization that provides business loans to impoverished women, with research on gender-based violence; for helping to conduct a training session on legal drafting at the Faculty of Law and Political Science in Laos; and for advising Inclusive Business Leadership, a social enterprise organization devoted to the disabled, on a partnership agreement.

Barrye Wall
For an exceptional contribution to pro bono in Singapore through leadership, support and supervision of pro bono matters there.

Hendy Handoko
For assisting Namati, an NGO empowering community paralegals worldwide, with a country profile concerning legal aid legislation as it relates to paralegals; and for contributing to the Firm's global study on online child sexual exploitation for End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography & Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes (ECPAT) International.

Tokyo

Yuka Nakanishi
For assisting the Visayan Forum Foundation, a migrant rights organization, with research on fishing industry conditions in Japan; for assisting Child Rights International Network, a global children's rights advocacy network, by researching the rights of children in more than 170 countries; and for pro bono advice to environmental NGO Conservation International.

Shino Asayama
For assisting the Ukraine Support Foundation, a humanitarian organization that helps casualties of the crisis in Ukraine, with research on national orthopedic and prosthetic legal frameworks in Japan aimed at improving legal benefits for victims.

Yoko Saito
For work on behalf of Gojo & Company Inc., a Japanese social enterprise that seeks to reduce poverty in Asia by increasing access to microfinancing, and for general corporate assistance to Conservation International.

Michael Richter
For his pro bono leadership and coordination of pro bono efforts in the Tokyo office.

Warsaw

Grzegorz Wasiewski
For advising the Kosciuszko Foundation, an organization that promotes exchange between the United States and Poland, on the law related to the establishment of a prize in medicine; and for providing general legal advice on the establishment of the Kazimierz Moczarski Foundation, an organization that spreads awareness about the work of this historic Polish writer.

Tomasz Chmal
For corporate law advice to Polish Humanitarian Action, an NGO that supports civilians suffering as a result of armed conflicts in more than 40 countries; and for advising The National Museum in Warsaw on various issues of Polish law, including corporate, labor, national administration, building and construction.

Katarzyna Misztal
For assisting The National Museum in Warsaw with ongoing corporate and dispute-resolution advice; and for representing the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland in a review of procedures related to board members and executives.

Mateusz Zawistowski
For advising the Kosciuszko Foundation, an organization that promotes exchange between the United States and Poland, on the law related to the establishment of a prize in medicine; and for work on a variety of other matters.

Marta Godlewska
For assisting the Ukraine Support Foundation, a humanitarian organization that helps casualties of war in Ukraine, with research on national orthopedic and prosthetic legal frameworks in a number of jurisdictions with the goal of strengthening protections for victims.

Washington, DC

Kristen McAhren
For her efforts in having her client's clemency petition prepared and accepted by the Clemency Project; and for supervision of a number of pro bono matters.

Maria Jose Alcalde, Glenn Cuccinello (New York), Michelle Grando and Pedro Maurcio Morales (Mexico), Galina Zukova (Paris)
For research on peace talks involving comparative analysis of programs that have provided amnesty for political crimes in various countries, including: South Africa, Cote d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal, Angola, El Salvador, Kosovo and the Central African Republic.

Sadie Gardner
For leadership in representing a client from Ukraine in an asylum case; and for providing general legal advice to Sea Legacy, an environmental communications group devoted to protecting the world's oceans.

Maury Mechanick (Washington, DC), Jane Rueger (Washington, DC) and Claudia Smith (New York)
For providing extensive and ongoing legal guidance to The Solar Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming markets for solar energy through strategic research and education.

Chris Corr (Washington, DC/Beijing), Ting-Ting Kao (Washington, DC), Maury Mechanick (Washington, DC), Stefan Mentzer (New York), Walter Spak (Washington, DC) and Claudia Smith (New York)
For representing Freeland Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting endangered species in Asia and to combatting wildlife trafficking around the world.  The team advised Freeland on a broad range of issues, including a comprehensive review and overhaul of its corporate governance.  

Charles Moore
For assisting Africare, an NGO that promotes African development and good governance, with an employment arbitration; and for helping to draft corporate bylaws for the Global Networks Initiative, an organization that works to protect and advance free expression in the Information and Communications Technology sector.

Eileen Cole and Kathleen Hamann
For assisting through the Clemency Project in the review and filing of commutation petitions for prisoners around the country who are serving sentences for nonviolent crimes that are significantly longer than those they would receive if sentenced today.

Yolande Hanlan
For advising International Crisis Group, an NGO devoted to ending deadly conflict, with respect to nonprofit laws in England, France and Belgium.

Multi-Office Teams

Michele Beauvais-Wagoner (Miami), Luca Bertazzo (Washington, DC), Neil Bhargava (New York), Melissa Dejoie (Los Angeles), Emily Donohoe (New York), Camron Dowlatshahi (Los Angeles), Edwige Fowo (Paris), Clara Hainsdorf (Paris), Sam Harding (London), Victoria Harold (Stockholm), Beth Hough (London), Mei Li (Silicon Valley), Bertrand Liard (Paris), Caitlin Lloyd (London), Caroline Lyannaz (Paris), Mark Mallery (Silicon Valley), Kevin McGann (New York), Arthur Merle (Paris), Anne Sophie Oberreiner (Paris), Anastasia Pitchouguina (Paris), Yutty Ramen (Paris), Neeraj Shah (New York), Anna Soroka (London), Philip Tan (New York), Radhika Wason (London), Moulk Zineb Boucif (Paris)

End Child Prostitution and Trafficking International Team

For exceptional contributions to global pro bono client End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography & Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes (ECPAT) International, a global organization dedicated to ending child sexual abuse.

Members of the team, joined by dozens of additional White & Case volunteers, made outsize contributions in studying the legal frameworks relating to online child sexual exploitation in 92 countries. This comprehensive, global research has helped ECPAT close legal gaps across jurisdictions, and has allowed law enforcement to prosecute offenders more effectively. The findings have also been widely disseminated and shared with a range of regional and international bodies, such as the UN Committee on the Rights of Children.

White & Case also provided ECPAT International with a paper exploring the tension between the right of child sex offenders to privacy and the right of children to be protected, as part of a Global Study on Sexual Exploitation of Children in Travel and Tourism.