Matters That Matter: September Pro Bono Roundup

Author:Morrison & Foerster LLP
Profession:Morrison & Foerster LLP

In this edition of Matters That Matter, we honor the many lawyers who have dedicated their time to important pro bono causes. This month, we highlight a variety of worthy projects, such as supporting Latinx filmmakers, ensuring the sport of football is accessible to all, and helping to put an end to sexual violence in schools. These are just a few examples of the many ways our lawyers are living out our proud pro bono tradition every day.

Improving Living Conditions for Displaced Individuals New York litigation partner Amanda Aikman, with assistance from London associate Harriet Sassoon and trainee solicitor Ziqi Qi, are helping Every Shelter, Inc. with developing a statement of supply-chain principles and expectations for suppliers. The nonprofit is dedicated to creating and developing low-cost, high-impact products geared toward improving the lives of refugees living in shelters.

The statement will cover slavery, human trafficking, child labor, safe working conditions, and possibly environmental practices. Amanda will also draft a simple template clause for Every Shelter to include in its supplier contracts that will ensure compliance with the statement.

Ensuring the Power of Football Is Accessible to All London attorneys Annabel Gillham and Oliver Spratt are partnering with the Centre for Access to Football in Europe (CAFE) to review and amend a template service agreement and consultancy agreement, and draft an employee privacy notice for CAFE in the UK. CAFE uses the unique power of football ("soccer" in the U.S.) to ensure people with disabilities are able to take their rightful place in the game and the wider society.

Working with the Union of European Football Associations, FIFA, football associations, clubs, and fans, CAFE provides training using audio-descriptive commentary, supports the creation and development of disabled supporter groups, collaborates with other NGOs in the sector, and performs research on advancing access and inclusion for people with disabilities.

Putting an End to Sexual Violence in Schools The firm is participating in the launch of Equal Rights Advocates' Pro Bono Attorney Network to End Sexual Violence in Education. The initiative will help students who have been victims of sexual assault, attempted assault, or harassment find support and seek justice before it threatens to disrupt their education.

San Francisco litigation associates Shaelyn Dawson and Camila Tapernoux, as well as Northern Virginia...

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