Shortlisted candidates 2017
Anna Higuera, Fernando Pombo Foundation
Combining her role as a law professor with that of Pro Bono Director for the Clearing House, the first in Spain, established by the Fernando Pombo Foundation, Anna has a vision to involve greater numbers of lawyers and students in the human rights movement, which she is pursuing through pro bono work (promoted through the Clearing House), law clinics (through co-ordination of the FPF Multiplicate programme) and the use of the law to balance social needs. She also produces guides on relevant topics for pro bono lawyers and has championed major legislative reform relating to the care of sick children.
Balazs Sahin-Toth, Allen & Overy Budapest
Balazs has been a leader in developing a pro bono culture in Hungary. He has been involved in a wide and diverse range of pro bono activities as a trustee for PILnet, advising a range of NGOs, teaching at ELTE civil law department and conducting strategic litigation relating to Roma rights, including obtaining a landmark ruling against illegal school segregation. He is also working with a range of professionals on an award winning, Roma employment and immigration integration programme in Hungary.
Delvin Sumo, DIFC Dispute Resolution Authority Academy of Law
In addition to promoting and expanding the Pro Bono Programme at the Dubai International Finance Centre's Academy of Law, Delvin is working to develop pro bono initiatives beyond the DIFC in other parts of the U.A.E. through, e.g., liaising with relevant Government entities and conducting schemes in labour camps across the U.A.E.
Juan Najera, NDA Nájera Danieli & Asocs
Juan has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to judicial and law reform and a dedication to pro bono causes in Mexico. He has achieved significant benefit for communities as well as a wide spectrum of individuals, especially through promoting collaboration between key organisations at national and international level, in such diverse fields as migrant protection, access to public services for children lacking necessary identity documentation and forest protection. A number of the developments he has supported in Mexico are now being replicated in other countries.
Manuel Granados C., Mexico City’s Government
Manuel has designed and fostered an innovative programme in Mexico City, 'Lawyers at your Home', involving 'brigades' of volunteer lawyers visiting impoverished neighbourhoods, or responding to a toll-free hotline, to provide basic legal services to communities who would otherwise have no access to advice or the ability to obtain relevant documentation to support their identity, family and property rights. The programme is now being replicated in other jurisdictions.
Roberth Puertas, Fundación Fabián Ponce Ordóñez
Roberth has led the Fabian Ponce Ordonez Foundation in Ecuador for the last 24 years. In that time he has introduced a number of initiatives, including an inter-disciplinary approach to pro bono, especially in relation to domestic violence cases, which has helped 1000s of victims, and a successful mediation centre. He has also assisted a number of the major NGOs operating across Ecuador and championed reform programmes leading to significant legislative change, concerning, e.g., mediation and child protection, and the creation of a government institution to protect citizens' rights.
Suhaan Mukerji, PLR Chambers
Mr Mukerji has been described as a pioneer in institutionalizing pro bono as a practice in India. He has been particularly involved in assisting significant legislative reform in the field of countering human trafficking and has worked with a number of not for profit organisations and social entrepreneurs, assisting them with key aspects (such as institutional formation, regulation and compliance) in the development of innovative solutions to social problems, such as sustainable rainwater harvesting and in the field of healthcare. A number of these projects have served as models for similar approaches in other parts of India.