Thomson Reuters Foundation Hosts First Annual TrustLaw Awards
Awards recognise pro bono projects undertaken by law firms in three categories; event brings together law firms, NGOs and social entrepreneurs
London, UK, December 6, 2011 - Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of the world's leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, today announced the winners of the first annual TrustLaw Awards. These are held in recognition of the best TrustLaw pro bono projects undertaken jointly by the legal profession, NGOs or social entrepreneurs.
The awards, hosted by Tom Glocer, chief executive officer, Thomson Reuters, and Monique Villa, chief executive officer, Thomson Reuters Foundation, recognise the combined work of NGOs and legal firms in three categories; impact, innovation and collaboration. In addition, three firms were recognised with special awards for their fantastic response to TrustLaw members' legal needs.
The winners were presented with their prizes at a ceremony held at the Museum of London
- 2011 Impact Award
Orrick, Latham & Watkins, who led a group of17 other law firms, working with Adie to promote micro-entrepreneurship in Europe.
- 2011 Innovation Award
J. Sagar Associates and Hewlett Packard, for working with mDiagnostica to facilitate remote diagnosis of sick people in India's rural areas.
- 2011 Collaboration Award
Mayer Brown, who led 18 other law firms, working with Transparency International to strengthen the global review process of the UN Convention against Corruption.
DLA Piper, GE and Hamilton Harrison & Mathews, received special awards for being the most active TrustLaw members in their respective categories (international law firm, in-house legal team and domestic law firm).
"TrustLaw could not exist without the extraordinary dedication and commitment of the many lawyers willing to share their expertise with NGOs and entrepreneurs," said Monique Villa, chief executive officer, Thomson Reuters Foundation. "TrustLaw is a fabulous adventure and has become a critical service for NGOs and social entrepreneurs, helping to keep their legal costs down and allowing them to channel their funds to those in greatest need."
Trustlaw is a Thomson Reuters Foundation service offering free legal assistance, news and information on good governance and women's rights. Its electronic platform, TrustLaw Connect, brings together legal teams to provide free legal advice for NGOs and social enterprises in any jurisdiction in the world. Offered free to all members, TrustLaw Connect acts as a trusted intermediary, vetting participants on all sides to ensure confidence in the requests and assistance provided. TrustLaw Connect has grown from 180 members in July 2010 to around 600 today, with more than 200 law firms and almost 400 NGOs and social entrepreneurs.
Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of the world's leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professional, is committed to empowering people in need around the world with trusted information and free legal assistance. A registered charity in the United States and United Kingdom, the Foundation leverages the skills, values and expertise across Thomson Reuters to promote the rule of law, save lives in disasters and improve standards of journalism. www.trust.org
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