Baker McKenzie's offices in Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela, and Trench Rossi Watanabe, a Brazilian law firm in cooperation agreement with Baker McKenzie, were recognized as Leading Lights for pro bono work. Legal publication Latin Lawyer and the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice conferred the Leading Lights recognitions to law firms that stand out for the pro bono work done by their lawyers and for their efforts to build a lasting pro bono infrastructure, both internally and in their legal market.
The distinctions, granted for the 12th year in a row, are based on Latin Lawyers and the Vance Center's annual pro bono survey that track the progress law firms are making in encouraging their lawyers to do pro bono work.
Clarissa Machado, Regional Chair, Pro Bono Committee, Latin America says, “We are pleased that our pro bono efforts have been recognized by Latin Lawyer and the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice. Our strong partnerships with clearinghouses across Latin America, together with a team of lawyers genuinely committed to pro bono work, allow us to make advances towards our pro bono goals, while supporting their missions. I’m proud of all of our offices and lawyers throughout the region that support this type of initiatives every day.”
Additionally, Regional Chair for Latin America, Baker McKenzie, Jaime Trujillo explains, “At Baker McKenzie, conducting pro bono work is a fundamental pillar to our Firm’s success. As legal professionals, we understand that our expertise is a critical way to support our surrounding communities throughout Latin America. Every year, we make continued progress to increase the amount of assistance we provide in order to meet our goals for giving back. We are proud to be recognized as Leading Lights in this research that involves the Cyrus R. Vance Center, a key partner for us in pro bono work in Latin America.”