In 2021, this pro bono work was recognized by the Canada Law Awards because the “Pro Bono Initiative of the Year”. Houston Volunteer Lawyers Project () supplies representation in civil instances for low-income citizens who could not meet the financial or citizenship criteria of other legal help programs. Akin Gump has partnered with HVL through the years on life-planning issues and defense of tenants going through eviction. Human Rights First () builds respect for human rights and the rule of legislation by defending people at risk, similar to refugees, victims of mass human rights violations and human rights advocates, through advocacy, direct representation, and public education. Akin Gump has had an in depth relationship with Human Rights First for over 10 years, and most of our ongoing work with HRF focuses on asylum cases, as nicely as providing support on corporate governance and regulatory compliance matters. Our pro bono apply cultivates relationships with legal companies organizations that refer particular person and organizational clients and supply both training and mentorship.
A lawyer in our Toronto office supplied legal advice to medical and non-medical professionals to assist launch a web-based platform aiding producers to get their private safety equipment (and other COVID-19-related devices) permitted, and to navigate the regulatory course of. A lawyer in our Toronto workplace offered legal advice to a neighborhood 3D printing manufacturer to assist the launch of their face shields to the market, which offered an additional and locally-manufactured choice to the broader community. Human Trafficking Legal Center () works to hold human traffickers accountable for their crimes via civil litigation and criminal restitution and to achieve compensation for survivors.