We believe in law as a tool for social change and in pro bono work as the best way of achieving lawyer’s professional responsibility to society within which it plays a vital role as a defender of citizens’ freedoms and rights. M&A is a signatory of the Pro Bono Declaration for the Americas, driven by the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice, an organization created by the New York City Bar Association in order to promote, organize, mediate and spread pro bono practice among lawyers and their participation in public debate to improve access to justice for persons or vulnerable sectors. Thus, we are committed in spending a minimum of 2,000 hours per year in pro bono free legal services (20 hours per lawyer in the Firm) for the benefit of disadvantaged or impoverished individuals and communities and the organizations which assist them. M&A has committed to bring pro bono work to law students in order to promote their awareness on the lawyer’s social role. To this end, in 2010 we launched the Pro Bono Challenge, with the hope of turning the contest in a platform that helps to address access to justice unmet needs and promote and prestige pro bono work among the country’s future lawyers.
Albergue Para Enfermos de Cáncer “Señor de la Divina Misericordia” (ALDIMI), association that provides free comprehensive support to people in extreme poverty, suffering from cancer, which come to Lima from Peruvian provinces during their treatment;
Ankay, association that promotes disadvantaged youth’s talents through scholarships;
Asociación Cultural D1, which, through its three axes: The D1 Dance Company, D1 School and D1 Angels opts for a more equitable, integrated and creative society, based on artistic activity;
Compañía de Jesús – Jesuitas, in their educational task for people with fewer resources;
Conservación Internacional Perú, a non-governmental and non-profit organization that looks for the participation of society in the observation of the services provided by nature and which are the foundation of human wellbeing;
Enseña Perú, entity that aims to improve education in Peru;
Global Partnerships, a nonprofit impact investor that works to expand opportunity for people living in poverty;
Living Heart, dedicated to humanitarian aid to children and people in need;
ProMujer, international organization dedicated to the development of women with fewer resources;
Rainforest Alliance, an international nonprofit organization that works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods;
The Institute for Self Reliant Agriculture, an international organization dedicated to create self-sustainable agricultural models in order to fight malnutrition;
The Nature Conservancy (TNC), NGO dedicated to the conservation of land and water of ecological importance; and
World Wildlife Fund Inc. (WWF), organization dedicated to conservation and sustainable development.
Posters of the Pro Bono Challenges done so far