Through a unique and increasingly expansive partnership, White & Case has become the first point of contact for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), the international humanitarian organization, for pro bono legal assistance. The relationship is due in large part to the extraordinary commitment of our Paris office, which has in turn involved lawyers from around the world; over the past year, our lawyers in Ankara, Geneva, Istanbul, Moscow and Tokyo contributed pro bono support to MSF. "White & Case lawyers have always shown themselves to be available, approachable and professional," says Christelle Eyraud, Legal Advisor at MSF.
"Our work with MSF is unique in that it cuts across all practice groups and specialties," says partner Alexandre Ippolito in Paris. "MSF is a dynamic organization, and its legal needs are correspondingly varied. It has come to trust our legal expertise across the board. MSF knows it can turn to White & Case for help with its most pressing needs, from negotiating with administrations to managing refugee crises. No less importantly, we have advised the organization on corporate matters on a continual basis." Alex notes that MSF recently recognized the Firm's support at a pro bono award ceremony organized by the Paris Bar.
Paris partner Michael Polkinghorne sees our work with MSF as part of a broader expansion in the pro bono landscape. "Pro bono work is now much more varied and complex than it used to be, and our lawyers have an exciting opportunity to take on pro bono projects that engage major global issues, such as human rights. Our close ties with organizations like Alliance des Avocats pour les Droits de l'Homme (The Lawyers' Alliance for Human Rights) mean that more and more high-impact opportunities come our way."
Alex says the office strives to remain responsive to pro bono possibilities. He is especially energized to see the pro bono commitment of the younger generation of lawyers. "The devotion of our associates makes me very optimistic about the future of pro bono here in Paris. Over the last five years alone, our involvement has grown considerably. Our commitment to pro bono will only deepen from here."
About Médecins Sans Frontières
The international humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières, awarded a Nobel Peace Prize in 1999, is recognized for its pioneering work providing medical care to people affected by crisis, armed conflict and natural disasters. Thousands of MSF health professionals, logistical and administrative staff – most of whom are hired locally – work on 450 programs in some 69 countries worldwide.
SPOTLIGHT: Alliance des Avocats pour les Droits de l'Homme celebrates our Paris office
Alliance des Avocats pour les Droits de l'Homme (The Lawyers' Alliance for Human Rights) recently recognized our Paris office with its first annual achievement award, the Prix de l'Alliance. The award was given in recognition of the office's sustained commitment to pro bono over the past year, working with organizations that address such issues as child sex trafficking and social impact funding for youth programs.
UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
GOALS ADVANCED BY THIS WORK
01 | No Poverty
02 | Zero Hunger
03 | Good Health and Well-Being
05 | Gender Equality
06 | Clean Water and Sanitation
10 | Reduced Inequalities
16 | Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
17 | Partnerships for the Goals