Lisa Dewey - Director
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Lisa Dewey became DLA Piper's full-time Pro Bono Partner in 1999. Lisa cultivates DLA Piper's strategic thinking on pro bono, including the vision for DLA Piper's North American program, which encompasses more than 1,500 lawyers. She works extensively with the firm's clients as well as legal aid providers, nonprofits and NGOs to develop and deliver collaborative and signature pro bono projects. Lisa inspires and facilitates pro bono participation across the firm and helps firm lawyers establish pro bono practices that complement and expand their billable practices.
Lisa also serves as the Director of New Perimeter, DLA Piper's nonprofit affiliate that 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.
As Director of New Perimeter, Lisa leads the strategic direction and vision of the program to engage DLA Piper lawyers around the globe to work for a more just world for all. She also develops and works on New Perimeter projects and manages global teams of DLA Piper lawyers. Lisa has led and contributed to projects focused on legal education, access to justice and women’s advancement in Latin America and the Balkans. She has developed partnerships with NGOs, government agencies and other joint venture partners.
As part of her practice, Lisa has advised and represented individuals and public interest organizations on a pro bono basis. She has worked on a range of pro bono initiatives and cases, including representing a man on death row in Alabama, refugees seeking asylum in the US and individuals in family law, domestic violence, juvenile, veterans concerns and housing matters. Lisa’s experience also includes federal criminal appeals, appellate work in suits concerning the admissions policies of the University of Michigan, and civil rights work, including representing a class of plaintiffs who filed suit against the District of Columbia for sexual harassment and retaliation under Title VII.
Before becoming the firm’s Pro Bono Partner, Lisa represented and counseled corporations and individuals in criminal investigations and federal jury trials in the areas of public corruption, mail fraud, money laundering, and health-care fraud. She has argued cases before the US Courts of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the District of Columbia, and the US District Court for the Middle District of Alabama. Lisa has also counseled clients regarding development of corporate ethics and compliance programs. She has managed a diverse caseload that also includes copyright, legal ethics, personal injury and contracts matters.
Lisa frequently presents on pro bono and access to justice. She has been a regular speaker at the Pro Bono Institute Annual Conference and has presented at the Pro Bono Institute National Leadership Convocation, the Equal Justice Conference, the International Bar Association annual meeting Canadian National Pro Bono Conference, Pyrexa’s International Corporate Volunteerism Conference, DC Bar Pro Bono Center sessions and at various law schools. She also co-teaches a practicum on tackling the access to justice crisis and a seminar on pro bono in large law firms at Georgetown Law Center.