2019 Global Citizenship Review

Highlights of our work

Lawyers in every office in our global network do pro bono work each year. We highlight matters from each office.

Americas highlights

540+ total pro bono matters in 2019

Obtained release for a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient after his wrongful incarceration.

Chicago: Corporate legal advice to the United Service Organization (USO) of Illinois, which provides programs and services to members of the US Armed Forces and their families to raise morale through recreational, educational and cultural opportunities.

Houston: Representing Central American children seeking Special Immigrant Juvenile Status to enable them to remain in the US.

Los Angeles: Staffed a criminal record expungement clinic in partnership with a commercial client.

Miami: Successful representation of a litigant in an oral argument for a Section 1983 civil rights claim.

New York: Represented a number of New York State school districts to ensure that New York State complies with its constitutional requirement that every child be provided with a sound basic education.

Mexico: Represented anti-corruption NGO Mexicanos Contra la Corrupción y la Impunidad in a successful lawsuit against Mexico City’s Congress for failing to fill the position of commissioner of Mexico City’s Institute for Transparency, Access to Public Information, Data Protection and Accountability. This matter was “Commended” by the Financial Times.

São Paulo: Research on global first aid laws on behalf of the French Red Cross.  

Silicon Valley: Working with the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) in representing anti-puppy mill nonprofit Bailing Out Benji and the Volar Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in a lawsuit against a pet store violating California’s law on the sale of puppy mill dogs. The team was awarded ALDF’s Advancement in Animal Law Pro Bono Achievement Award.

Washington, DC: Obtained a favorable outcome in a religious freedom case in which an employer attempted to use a non-compete clause to prevent rabbinical outreach to Jewish students at a local university.


EMEA highlights

395+ total pro bono matters in 2019

Abu Dhabi: 
General organizational advice to Hedayah in connection with their International Center of Excellence Countering Violent Extremism programs.

Berlin: Successful representation on appeal of a single mother of four children whose landlord terminated her lease.

Bratislava: Assistance to LEAF, a Slovakian youth education nonprofit, in establishing a platform to facilitate the return of young Slovakian professionals from abroad to the Slovak Republic.

Brussels: General corporate advice to European Congenital Heart Disease Organisation, a nonprofit supporting children and adults with congenital heart disease. Brussels associate Eline Souffriau was a finalist for the TrustLaw Lawyer of the Year Award for her work on behalf of this client.

Cairo: Legal support on historical preservation and public use for the Presidential Committee on the Redevelopment of Downtown Cairo.

Doha: Ongoing advice on the establishment of the first museum of modern and contemporary art in Beirut.

Dubai: General corporate advice to Middle East youth employment NGO Education for Employment.

Düsseldorf: General corporate advice to Plant-for-the-Planet, an environmental nonprofit that plants trees globally.

Frankfurt: General employment advice and contract review for the Frankfurt Zoological Society.

Geneva: Advised the United Nation’s Compliance Committee under the Protocol on Water and Health on the relationships between the obligations arising from the Protocol and key EU directives on water.

Hamburg: Ongoing corporate and litigation  support to ELIM Diakonie, a nonprofit that provides nursing homes, mobile healthcare and social integration projects to the sick, elderly, migrants and asylum seekers.

Helsinki: Research on the rights of migrant children in Finland for global child rights NGO Kids Empowerment.

Istanbul: Provided legal research on labor market access—specifically acquiring work permits and general employment rights for refugees— for Refugee Solidarity Network and Refugee Rights Turkey.

Johannesburg: Assistance to Innovation: Africa, a nonprofit bringing Israeli solar, water and agricultural resources to rural African villages, in incorporating a South African entity.

London: Corporate advice to social enterprises in collaboration with Prime Advocates, an incubator for startups with a social mission.

Madrid: Assisted Asociación Chefugee, a nonprofit helping refugees and individuals seeking asylum to use their cooking skills to share their culture and find jobs in their new countries, with updating its bylaws and providing liability insurance advice.

Milan: General corporate and fundraising advice to the Italian Red Cross – Milan branch.

Moscow: Advising Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow on the establishment of a fundraising entity abroad.

Paris: Representation of victims of child prostitution and child abuse through referrals from Agir contre la Prostitution des Enfants.

Prague: support to Post Bellum, a nonprofit that documents the memories of witnesses of historical events of the 20th century.

Riyadh: Corporate governance advice to the Al Nahda Society.

Stockholm: General corporate and structuring advice to Impact Hub Stockholm, an organization supporting social entrepreneurs.

Warsaw: Data protection compliance, administrative law and litigation support to Polish Humanitarian Action, which supports individuals affected by armed conflict, humanitarian emergencies and natural disasters.


Asia-Pacific highlights

100+ total pro bono matters in 2019


Beijing: Nonprofit registration, employment and contract advice to Right To Play, an international nonprofit supporting children in need.

Hong Kong: General corporate advice to InspiringHK Sports Foundation, an NGO that supports underprivileged students in Hong Kong through sports. Our Hong Kong office also collaborated with InspiringHK Sports Foundation to sponsor the participation of a team of underprivileged children in a youth basketball league. Our people arranged a joint practice session and cheered them on at their game that afternoon—which they won!

Jakarta: Advising STiR Education, an education nonprofit, on establishing an office in Indonesia.

Melbourne: Participating in Justice Connect’s Domestic Building Tribunal clinics to assist low-income earners in resolving their building disputes, including representing clients at mediation in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

Seoul: Research to support Public International Law & Policy Group’s efforts to advocate for an independent media.

Shanghai: Corporate and strategy advice to support the University of Minnesota’s China Center.

Singapore: Legal training on gender-based violence for law students and teachers at the Faculty of Law of the National University of Laos in Vientiane and in Champasak.

Sydney: Prepared loan agreements and other documents for Conservation International’s impact investments globally.

Tokyo: General corporate and intellectual property advice to Médecins Sans Frontières Japan.


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