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May 18, 2011

Global Spotlight: DLA Piper Gives Pro Bono a Bold New Perimeter

This week, New Perimeter, the global pro bono affiliate of DLA Piper LLP*,  unveils its new website, www.newperimeter.org, spotlighting the firm’s savvy approach to pro bono, an innovative model well worth replicating.

DLA Piper established New Perimeter to provide the law firm with a deliberate, strategic approach to bringing DLA Piper lawyers’ expertise to bear on some of the world’s most pressing problems. Through New Perimeter, DLA Piper lawyers from D.C. to Dubai invest their collective legal skills to advance women’s rights, combat hunger, fight HIV/AIDS, foster economic development, promote law reform, increase access to justice, and champion human rights in developing and post-conflict countries around the world.

New Perimeter boosts DLA Piper’s pro bono impact by:

  • Leveraging the team-building benefits of global pro bono by engaging multi-disciplinary teams representing multiple DLA Piper offices to foster effective communication and collaboration between DLA Piper lawyers spanning multiple continents and time zones;
  • Tapping DLA Piper’s rich attorney resources to bring diverse legal, cultural, and linguistic competencies to bear on the firm’s pro bono work;
  • Forging strategic partnerships in each target country to ensure that DLA Piper’s pro bono efforts remain firmly grounded in the local history, culture, and existing legal aid systems; and,
  • Recruiting expert advisors whose skills and experience align with DLA Piper’s signature projects and regional foci.

New Perimeter’s distinguished Advisory Board is strategically stacked with world class talent: a former judge for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia; an international human rights lawyer, academician, and long-time Member of the Canadian Parliament; the Executive Director of the London-based International Bar Association – a World Bank consultant who formerly headed the ABA’s acclaimed Central and East European Law Initiative; a former Peace Corps Country Director; and an accomplished civil rights advocate who led a delegation to the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. Oh yeah, and co-chairing this all-star Advisory Board, PBI‘s own Esther Lardent, whose recent Letter in The Wire salutes the growing interest in global pro bono among law firms and legal departments. Collectively, New Perimeter’s international dream team informs the firm’s global pro bono projects, ensuring that its legal talent is engaged in a strategic, sustainable fashion for maximum impact. DLA Piper’s inspired global pro bono model is an exciting example of the manifold rewards of doing good on a global scale.

To learn more about Global Pro Bono, or for technical assistance, contact PBI Global Pro Bono Coordinator Julia Alanen.

And be sure to stay tuned to The PBEye for an upcoming Guest Blog featuring New Perimeter’s pro bono work in Guyana. Has your firm or legal department’s pro bono gone global? Leave a comment and tell us about it.

*DLA Piper LLP (US) is a Signatory to the Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge®

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