Global Legal Awards

The American Lawyer Global Citizenship Awards

The American Lawyer

Global Legal Awards: Citizenship


The American Lawyer Global Citizenship Awards honor global matters dedicated to the spirit of pro bono and social responsibility. Some helped to finance for-profit social-purpose corporations—marketing herbal tonics from the rainforest communities of Peru and infant incubators that draw heat from the human body. Others focused the power of a global law firm to help a single cause (antitrafficking) or to help a single nation (Sierra Leone) along the road to equitable development.

Our thirtieth and last award is a lifetime achievement pro bono prize for DLA Piper's nonprofit affiliate, New Perimeter: for attending creatively to the real legal needs of 16 less developed and postconflict countries on three continents, and helping those nations to train a new generation of leaders in the law, from supreme court justice to village paralegal.


Global Pro Bono Program of the Year, Multiple Jurisdictions: Fighting Human Trafficking Initiative
To combat the international scourge of human trafficking, White & Case rallied its mighty global network and attacked the issue on several fronts.



Global CSR Initiative of the Year: The Norton Rose Fulbright Sail the World Challenge
The firm provides financial backing, logistical help, and marketing assistance for an event that aims to promote the integration of people of all physical abilities through the challenge of tall ship sailing.

Global Pro Bono Dispute of the Year: Tadonki v. General Secretary of the United Nations
The Canadian firm Amsterdam & Peroff represented an employee in a wrongful dismissal case against the United Nations, while lifting the lid on a pot of bureaucratic scheming, institutional intransigence, and political expediency.

Global Pro Bono Deal of the Year: Jones Day (Embrace Innovations); Latham & Watkins (REBBL, Inc.)
Honoring two law firms that lent their legal expertise to tackling tough international problems.

Global Pro Bono Program of the Year/Single Jurisdiction: Legal Assistance to Sierra Leone
Though the recent history of the West African nation of Sierra Leone has been characterized coups, counter-coups, and a brutal civil war between 1991 and 2001, the country has made considerable progress since that conflict ended And beginning in 2011, Sierra Leone's still-nascent democratic government has had the pro assistance of one of the world's largest law firms, Herbert Smith Freehills.

The American Lawyer Global Citizenship Award, Lifetime Achievement: DLA Piper/New Perimeter
In the eight years since British firm DLA merged with U.S. firms Piper Rudnick and Gray Cary, the entity known as DLA Piper has—through an affiliated nonprofit organization designed to take on international pro bono efforts—addressed real legal needs in 16 less developed and post-conflict countries spread across three continents.