White & Case Partner Jonathan C. Hamilton (Washington, DC) has been named to the Committee of the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice. Affiliated with the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the Vance Center mobilizes the legal profession globally to promote social justice, democracy and the rule of law. It was founded in 2003 in honor of Cyrus R. Vance, past president of the City Bar and former US Secretary of State.
The Vance Center has a particular focus on pro bono and the rule of law in Latin America, aiming to met the legal needs of poor and marginalized communities with limited access to the legal system to exercise their rights. Most notably, it launched the Pro Bono Declaration for the Americas, which is known in Latin America as Declaracion de Trabajo Pro Bono para el Continente Americano. More than 500 lawyers, legal institutions, and NGOs have signed the Declaration. The Vance Center also works with lawyers and law firms that are seeking to build and strengthen their pro bono programs. It recently organized a major conference on "Pro Bono and the Legal Profession: Strengthening Access to Justice," held in Sanitago, Chile, in collaboration with Fundación Pro Bono Chile.
Hamilton is a leader in Latin American pro bono work, demonstrating a commitment to public service and social development related to Latin America throughout his legal career with White & Case in New York City, Mexico City and Washington, DC. His pro bono and public services activities have included organizations and activities in Brazil, Mexico, Peru and beyond, as well as small and large non-profit organizations, foreign policy working groups and service as an international election observer. Among other activities, Hamilton serves on the Board of Trustees and the Executive Committee of the U.S.-Mexico Foundation, which promotes social transformation in Mexico through the promotion of civil society organizations and strategic grant-making in the areas of education, health, and economic development, with a particular emphasis placed on youth and on communities highly impacted by instability.