Leading global law Firm, Baker McKenzie, received the "Leading Lights" award by Latin Lawyer and the Cyrus R. Vance Centre for International Justice.

Mexico and Peru were recognized for making a noteworthy contribution to strengthening Latin America’s pro bono culture.

Several factors played a role in drawing up this list. These include firms’ answers to the survey about institutionalization of the practice, work done and examples of their recent pro bono cases. We also asked for feedback from clearinghouses and the Vance Centre and considered the development of firms’ pro bono practices if they participated in earlier surveys, as well as further research. The list includes behemoths of the regional legal community bringing significant resources to bear, and small firms from whom personal dedication can make a significant difference.


Latin Lawyer and the Vance Centre draw heavily on responses to the pro bono survey when compiling the list of Leading Lights, so only law firms that participated in the most recent survey are eligible. Firms compared against others in their jurisdiction.

In countries with functioning clearing houses at the time research was conducted (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela) firms are awarded up to 33 points based on their responses to the survey across the following categories: law firm’s pro bono infrastructure (18%), recognition of lawyers’ pro bono work (18%), pro bono work done (30%), support of clearing houses (33%).

Gustavo Boruchowicz, Chair for the Latin America Region mentioned: "We are very proud of our family of lawyers who continue to participate in the different programs that Baker McKenzie offers across Latin America contributing hours of their time to worthy causes. Not only does pro bono grant us the opportunity to take greater responsibility with those in need, it also challenges us to learn new areas of the law".

"We are very grateful to receive this award for yet another year, as a recognition to our team who work tirelessly across our offices in the region providing legal assessment to those in need. We believe our social responsibility and pro bono actions towards our communities is what make us stronger and reflect our global citizens' values". María del Rosario Lombera Pro Bono Committee Chair - Mexico mentioned.

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