Charity donations distributed by Latin Lawyer to three pro bono clearinghouses were described as ′essential′ and a ′powerful tool′ by these organisations.

The US$20,000 donation was raised at Latin Lawyer′s 2010 Deal of the Year awards dinner that took place in São Paulo on 31 March and was given to Fundación Pro Bono Colombia, Fundación Cuidadanos al Día in Peru and Instituto Pro Bono Brasil.

Beatriz Boza, the executive director of Fundación Cuidadanos al Día, says that "awards are powerful benchmarking tools" and "provide a strong confidence-building message".

"The award being granted by Latin Lawyer helps us assess our achievements in a Latin American perspective and provides us with strong grounds to believe that we are effectively contributing to the transformation of our legal profession in Peru," she says.

In Brazil, the executive director of Instituto Pro Bono, Marcos Fuchs, puts emphasis on how the money will help the day to day running of the organisation.

"The donation... will be essential to helping the institute maintain a solid administrative infrastructure, so that it may be productive and pursue it mission on a day-to-day basis," he says. "The donation will help us with the maintenance of the IPB [Instituto Pro Bono] website, office supplies, and part of the salaries of IPB′s staff, among other things."

Latin Lawyer would like to take this opportunity to thank all those firms, companies and individuals that bought tickets to the charity event and made the donation possible.

Alfaro Abogados / Arias & Muñoz (Costa Rica) / Baker & McKenzie LLP / Barbosa Müssnich & Aragão / Barros & Errázuriz Abogados / Beretta Godoy / Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi / Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP / Conyers Dill & Pearman / Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, SC / Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira / Demarest e Almeida Advogados / D′Empaire Reyna Abogados / DLA Piper / Estudio Echecopar / Felsberg, Pedretti, Mannrich e Aidar Advogados / Fleury Malheiros, Gasparini, De Cresci e Nogueira de Lima Advogados / Greenberg Traurig LLP / Hernández & Cía Abogados / Hoet Peláez Castillo & Duque / Jones Day / Lefosse Advogados in cooperation with Linklaters / Machado Associados - Advogados e Consultores / Machado, Meyer, Sendacz e Opice Advogados / Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados / Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP / Motta, Fernandes Rocha – Advogados / Mundie e Advogados / Olivera Abogados / Pellerano & Herrera / Pinheiro Guimarães - Advogados / Pinheiro Neto Advogados / Prieto & Carrizosa / Ritch Mueller SC / Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano Abogados / Sacha Calmon Misabel Derzi Consultores e Advogados / Shearman & Sterling LLP / Siqueira Castro - Advogados / Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP / TozziniFreire Advogados / Trench, Rossi e Watanabe Advogados / Veirano Advogados / Wald e Associados Advogados / White & Case LLP

(Latin Lawyer 13.04.2011)

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