New Perimeter provides long-term pro bono legal assistance in under-served regions around the world to support access to justice, social and economic development, and sound legal institutions.
Our vision is to harness the skills and talents of DLA Piper lawyers to further a more just world for all.
New Perimeter is a nonprofit organization established by global law firm DLA Piper to provide pro bono legal assistance in under-served regions around the world to support access to justice, social and economic development and sound legal institutions. Founded in 2005 as a result of our firm’s commitment to support legal advancement worldwide, New Perimeter’s vision is to harness the skills and talents of DLA Piper lawyers to further a more just world for all.
New Perimeter is at the forefront of providing direct assistance to charitable organizations, governments and academic institutions on projects designed to strengthen a country’s legal system, improve the skills of its judges, lawyers and law students, encourage economic growth, promote access to justice and the rule of law, and strengthen women’s rights. We also do this by providing strategic legal counsel to organizations working to further these same goals. Whether we are teaching at a law school, training judicial officials, helping a government draft laws or providing technical assistance to a non-governmental organization (NGO), one of our primary goals is to increase the capacity of the local institution.
In 2015, nearly 220 DLA Piper lawyers from 44 offices worldwide worked on nearly 50 New Perimeter projects. New Perimeter’s work has been recognized with several awards over the years, most notably the Lifetime Achievement Award for Global Citizenship from The American Lawyer.
To maximize our impact, our full-time staff develops and manages projects and often makes multi-year commitments to our clients. We build long-term relationships with our project partners and send our lawyers to work alongside our partners and clients in-country whenever possible. When considering new engagements, New Perimeter relies on stringent project selection criteria to match the firm’s capabilities with our clients’ needs. We select our legal teams on a competitive basis from a diverse pool of interested DLA Piper lawyers. Because New Perimeter is committed to an interdisciplinary approach, we regularly team with DLA Piper clients, academic institutions and NGOs working together to achieve our mutual goals.
New Perimeter benefits from the guidance and feedback from its Advisory Board made up of thought leaders from the public and private sectors.