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.
A nonprofit affiliate of global law firm DLA Piper, 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. We aim to support women’s advancement as an overarching goal.
Our lawyers provide 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.
In addition to longer term projects and collaborations, New Perimeter also undertakes discrete research projects for clients on topics related to our mission. 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.
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We have full-time staff and lawyers who develop and manage projects.
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We often make multi-year commitments to our projects.
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We build long-term relationships with our project partners.
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We send our lawyers to work alongside our partners and clients in country whenever possible.
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We rely on stringent project selection criteria to match our capabilities with our clients' needs.
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We select our legal teams on a competitive basis from a diverse pool of interested DLA Piper lawyers from across the firm's global offices.
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Dr. Mark Ellis is the Executive Director of the International Bar Association (IBA) and leads the foremost international organization of bar associations, law firms and individual lawyers in the world. The IBA is comprised of 206 national bar associations, major international law firms and 55,000 individual members from around the world.
Prior to joining the IBA, Mark spent 10 years as the first Executive Director of the Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative, a project of the American Bar Association (ABA), providing technical assistance to 28 countries in Central Europe, the former Soviet Union and the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in the Hague.
A frequent speaker and media commentator on international legal issues, he appears regularly on CNN International, Al Jazeera and BBC. Mark has published extensively in the areas of international humanitarian law, war crimes tribunals and the development of the rule of law, and his op-eds have appeared in The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Huffington Post and The London Times. Mark’s latest publication – Sovereignty and Justice: Creating Domestic War Crimes Courts within the Principle of Complementarity – was published by Cambridge Press.
David Bamlango is Senior Director, Legal Affairs, at the Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (TDB). He is based in Nairobi, Kenya. Prior to joining TDB in 2017, David was a Partner in the Finance Group at DLA Piper LLP (US) in Chicago. His practice was focused on domestic and cross-border financing transactions, including leveraged finance, project finance, debt capital markets, structured finance, and derivative transactions. He represented financial institutions, private equity funds, real estate funds, and corporate borrowers.
During his time at DLA Piper, David was a regular participant in New Perimeter activities and was a strong supporter of the firm’s pro bono program. David served on a number of firm management committees, including as a member of the Pro Bono Committee in the Chicago office.
David has served on numerous boards of directors, including the Board of Trustees of Episcopal Charities and Community Services and the Board of Directors of Exodus World Service. He also recently served on the Board of the French-American Chamber of Commerce, Chicago Chapter.
Kristin Campbell is Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Hilton Worldwide. Kristin is responsible for the company’s global legal and compliance functions. She works directly with the Board of Directors and supports CEO initiatives, leading a team of over 50 in-house lawyers located around the world. Kristin is the executive sponsor of Hilton's Women's Team Member Resource Group, which seeks to foster the growth and empowerment of women in the professional world. Prior to joining Hilton Kristin was senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary at Staples, Inc. where she also had responsibility for elements of corporate responsibility, including environmental sustainability. Kristin has served on the boards of various trade and nonprofit organizations and currently is a member of the Board of Directors of Vital Voices Global Partnership.
Cindy Dyer is the former Vice President of the Human Rights team of Vital Voices, Cindy was responsible for overseeing all programs and partnerships related to domestic violence, sexual violence, human trafficking and harmful traditional practices. Before joining Vital Voices in 2009, she served as the Director of the United States Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women. Cindy was nominated to this position by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the United States Senate. As Director, she served as the liaison between the Department of Justice and federal, state and international governments on crimes involving violence against women.
Cindy was a specialized domestic and sexual violence prosecutor for 13 years and has received numerous awards and recognition for her service to victims. For 10 years, she served as a member of the Public Policy Committee of the Texas Council on Family Violence, and she was a weekly hotline volunteer for 9 years at a shelter for battered women and their children.
Professor Thomas Geraghty is the Associate Dean for Clinical Education and the Director of the Bluhm Legal Clinic at Northwestern University School of Law. The Bluhm Legal Clinic houses a variety of clinical programs including the Children and Family Justice Center, the Center on Wrongful Convictions, the Center on International Human Rights, the Entrepreneurship Law Center and the MacArthur Justice Center. Professor Geraghty works in the areas of juvenile and criminal justice. In recent years, Professor Geraghty has worked in Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda, and Malawi on projects relating to children’s rights, juvenile justice, access to justice and legal education. Professor Geraghty is a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.
Ambassador Marc Grossman served for 29 years in the US Foreign Service, which culminated in his service as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, the third-ranking official in the State Department. During his illustrious career, Ambassador Grossman also served as the US Ambassador to Turkey among many other positions. As the Under Secretary for Political Affairs, Ambassador Grossman directed the daily operations of US diplomacy, and is one of the very few individuals to hold the rank of Career Ambassador.
In 2005, after leaving the Foreign Service, Ambassador Grossman joined the Cohen Group and a few years later became a member of the New Perimeter Advisory Board. In 2011, the Ambassador resigned from the New Perimeter Advisory Board after receiving a request from Secretary Hillary Clinton to return to the State Department as the US Special Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan. He served in this position for two years, and his efforts were central to the progress made toward bringing a responsible end to the war in Afghanistan. He has now returned to the Cohen Group as Vice Chairman and has rejoined the New Perimeter Advisory Board.
Jon Hayes is a corporate partner with a broad range of experience in international M&A, joint ventures, strategic partnerships, international corporate reorganizations, and corporate financial work. He has extensive experience working with lawyers in many other jurisdictions. Jon has taught at the Zambia Institute of Advanced Legal Education as part of a New Perimeter project and regularly provides pro bono support to UNICEF. He is an elected member of the International Board of DLA Piper and an active sponsor and advocate for D&I across the firm.
Maha Jweied directs a consultancy providing expertise to nonprofit and multilateral organizations on access to justice, leveraging insight gained after nearly 12 years in the US government’s Executive Branch. Among her clients are the National Legal Aid and Defender Association, where she supports initiatives on such issues as corporate social responsibility and access to justice, and Kids in Need of Defense, where she supports new access to justice initiatives for unaccompanied minors in Europe. She serves on the Legal Services Corporation’s Opioid Task Force, the board of directors of the International Legal Foundation and the board of directors of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.
Until January 2018, she served as the Acting Director of the US Department of Justice’s Office for Access to Justice, the primary office in the Executive Branch focused on supporting indigent defense and civil legal aid for low-income and vulnerable communities, including indigenous communities. In that role, she also served as the Executive Director of the White House Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable, an interagency effort that works to raise federal agencies’ awareness of how civil legal aid can help advance a wide range of federal objectives, including employment, family stability, housing, consumer protection and public safety. Ms. Jweied also represented the US government as its indigent defense and legal aid expert in bilateral settings and multilateral meetings and negotiations at the United Nations, the Organization of American States, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the Open Government Partnership and the International Legal Aid Group.
Before joining the Office for Access to Justice, she was a senior attorney-advisor at the US Commission on Civil Rights and a litigation associate at Arent Fox LLP, and she spent time at Mizan Law Group for Human Rights, a legal aid office in Amman, Jordan. She served as a law clerk to Judge Mohamed Shahabuddeen of the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.
Ms. Jweied received her J.D. from Columbia Law School, LL.M. from the London School of Economics and B.A. from The George Washington University.
Stasia Kelly is is Executive Director, Client Relations and a partner in the Corporate and Securities practice, based in Washington, DC. She comes to DLA Piper from American International Group, Inc. (AIG), where until the end of 2009 she was Vice Chairman in charge of global legal, compliance and regulatory functions, government relations, communications, corporate affairs and human resources. Ms. Kelly is a trustee of the Carey School of Business at The John Hopkins University and member of the Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University Law School. She is past chair of Equal Justice Works and a director of Lawyers for Children America and the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution. Ms. Kelly also serves on the Board of Directors of Owens-Illinois and Huntington Ingalls Industries.
Professor Sheldon Krantz is a Retired Partner in Residence at DLA Piper, whose former practice emphasized white collar criminal defense. He is currently serving as the Executive Director of the DC Affordable Law Firm (DCALF) on a pro bono basis. DCALF is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit created by Georgetown Law Center, DLA Piper and Arent Fox to provide legal services to DC residents who do not qualify for free legal aid but cannot afford the rates lawyers normally charge. Sheldon is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown Law Center and a Senior Fellow at its Center for the Study of the Legal Profession.
Earlier in his career, Sheldon was a prosecutor in the Organized Crime and Racketeering Section of the US Department of Justice. He was also the dean of the University of San Diego School of Law, and, prior to that, a professor of law and director of the Center for Criminal Justice at Boston University School of Law. Until July 2011, Sheldon was the director of New Perimeter since its founding in 2005. He has been instrumental in developing New Perimeter’s approach to global pro bono and in directing its projects in the field. Sheldon also served as the President of the DLA Piper Foundation.
Nicolas Patrick is a Pro Bono Partner and Head of Responsible Business at DLA Piper International. Nicolas sets the strategic direction of the firm's pro bono program in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific.
Nicolas practices mainly in the area of human rights law. His clients include governments, UN agencies, NGOs, charities and individuals.
Eve Runyon is the President and CEO of Pro Bono Institute. Eve first joined PBI in 2005 to lead Corporate Pro Bono (CPBO), PBI’s partnerships project with the Association of Corporate Counsel. Under Eve’s leadership, CPBO designed and implemented innovative initiatives to expand the commitment to pro bono across in-house law departments to include, among other things, the Corporate Pro Bono Challenge® initiative and support for broader multijurisdictional practice pro bono rules applicable to in-house pro bono. In connection with multijurisdictional practice, Eve served on the Advisory Committee on Pro Bono Service by In-House Counsel in New York State and has spoken on the topic at numerous access to justice summits as well as before the Conference of Chief Justices and the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Eve has traveled throughout the U.S. discussing strategies for initiating and sustaining in-house pro bono and improving access to justice.
Before joining CPBO, Eve worked for more than five years as a lawyer at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, & Flom in Washington, D.C., where she represented major U.S. electric, gas, and pipeline companies in matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and federal and state courts. While at Skadden, she participated in the Skadden Loaned Associate program, a seven-month externship program with Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia. At Legal Aid, she served as lead counsel in child custody, child support, domestic violence, landlord tenant, housing, and public benefits cases.
Eve has served on the boards of several nonprofit organizations and currently is a member of the District of Columbia Circuit Judicial Conference Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services.
Robert Scott is the former Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide – Europe, Africa, and Middle East Division. He pioneered Starwood's Check Out for Children charitable fundraising program, which to date has garnered more than $35 million used by UNICEF to help the world's most at-risk children and which led to Starwood's recognition by UNICEF UK in 2007 as the most effective corporate partner of the decade. Robert is the Vice Chair of the UK Committee for UNICEF and serves a member of the Board of Trustees of Fair Trials International, based in London.
Karen Sherman has spent her career working to advance women in war-torn and transitional countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Congo, Kosovo, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Sudan, and the former Soviet Union. Throughout her 30-years in global development, Sherman has met and interviewed thousands of women. Their remarkable stories of strength, courage, resilience, and resourcefulness are chronicled in her book, Brick by Brick -- Building Hope and Opportunity for Women Survivors Everywhere (Rowman & Littlefield, 2020).
Sherman has spent decades translating this belief into action, in field offices and boardrooms, and with leaders at all levels, including heads of state, ambassadors, business leaders, academics, and non-governmental organizations. She speaks and writes passionately about the power of women’s education and economic participation to transform the lives of women and the future of families, communities, societies and, ultimately, the world.
Currently, Sherman serves as President of Akilah, East Africa’s preeminent institute for women’s higher education, leadership, and career development. Prior to joining Akilah, Sherman was a senior executive at Women for Women International, an organization that helps women survivors of war to rebuild their lives.
Previously, Sherman served as the Executive Vice President at Counterpart International, a global development organization that partners with local organizations to build inclusive, sustainable communities, where she was responsible for promoting and strengthening SMEs around the world. Sherman is a sought-after speaker on global women’s issues and has been featured on BBC, CNBC Africa, and Al Jazeera English, and in numerous outlets including ABCNews.com, Council on Foreign Relations, Huffington Post, and Africa.com (click here for a listing of clips and appearances.) She served as Executive Producer of The Other Side of War: Women’s Stories of Survival and Hope, published by National Geographic and serves on the board of directors of Every Woman Treaty, a coalition working to secure a global treaty to prevent violence against women.
Sherman lives in Bethesda, Maryland with her husband and their three sons. She holds a Master’s Degree in Russian and East European Studies from The George Washington University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Oregon.
David Weiss is President and CEO of Global Communities. He became president in 2010 after having served as a member of its Board since 2004 and Chairman of the Board from 2008-2010. Prior to joining Global Communities, David was Senior Policy Advisor at DLA Piper for 13 years, advising on international trade and policy and representing major industries seeking improved access to foreign markets. David spent 18 years with the federal government in the following roles: Special Assistant to the Director of the Peace Corps; member of the US Foreign Service; Economic Officer in Haiti; Staff Aide to the Secretary of State; Senior Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of State; Assistant US Trade Representative for North American Affairs; and other senior positions in the Office of the US Trade Representative. David received the US Department of State’s Superior Honor Award. He has a B.A. from Hamilton College and an M.S.F.S. from Georgetown University. David Weiss is a member of the Board of Directors of InterAction, the largest alliance of US-based NGOs.
Paul Williams is the co-founder and President of the Public International Law & Policy Group (PILPG), which provides pro bono legal assistance to states and governments involved in peace negotiations, drafting post-conflict constitutions and prosecuting war criminals. In the course of his career, Paul has assisted over two dozen states in major international peace negotiations and has advised numerous governments on the drafting and implementation of post-conflict constitutions. In 2005, several of Paul’s pro bono government clients throughout the world joined together to nominate him for the Nobel Peace Prize. Paul holds the Rebecca Grazier Professorship in Law and International Relations at American University where he teaches both in the School of International Service and in the Washington College of Law.
Philip Zeidman is a partner in DLA Piper's Franchise and Distribution practice and was recently named Global Franchise Lawyer of the Year for the ninth consecutive year by Who’s Who Legal, The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers. He is a past president of the International Bar Association Foundation and a Founding Director of the Appleseed Network. Mr. Zeidman has engaged in an international transactional practice, taught at universities, testified before governmental bodies, participated in judicial and administrative proceedings, and appeared before business and professional groups throughout the world. He regularly leads International Bar Association sessions concerning the opportunities and challenges of international pro bono legal work.
New Perimeter has a dedicated staff focused on developing and managing international pro bono projects for DLA Piper lawyers. Based in Washington, DC, Paris, Boston and Chicago, New Perimeter’s team includes full-time lawyers, staff members and legal fellows.
Lisa Dewey is the Director of New Perimeter and DLA Piper's US Pro Bono Partner. In her role as Pro Bono Partner, Lisa cultivates DLA Piper's strategic thinking on pro bono, including the vision for DLA Piper's US pro bono program, and spearheads DLA Piper's pro bono partnerships with corporate clients, NGOs and legal service providers. Lisa identifies and procures pro bono opportunities and ensures widespread participation in the pro bono programs on partner, of counsel, associate, and staff levels.
In her role as Director of New Perimeter, Lisa helps set the direction and strategic planning for New Perimeter's operation. Lisa developed and is currently managing a major project in Mexico, working with Mexico Appleseed to assist it in creating a sustainable pro bono culture and network in Mexico.
Lisa’s pro bono practice includes representing individuals and public interest organizations, including a man on death row in Alabama, families who lost loved ones in the Khobar Towers terrorist attack, refugees seeking asylum and individuals in family law, juvenile, and housing matters. She has also done civil rights work and appellate work in suits concerning allegations of sexual harassment on behalf of a plaintiff class against the DC Department of Corrections and the admissions policies of the University of Michigan.
Lisa’s experience also includes representing parties 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.
Sara Andrews serves as Assistant Director of New Perimeter and Senior International Pro Bono Counsel. In this role, Sara helps lead the strategic direction of the program. She also develops and works on New Perimeter projects and manages global teams of DLA Piper lawyers. Sara has led and contributed to projects focused on legal education, law reform, access to justice, women's rights and economic development throughout Africa, the Balkans and Latin America. She has developed partnerships with NGOs, government agencies and other joint venture partners.
Before joining New Perimeter full-time, Sara practiced in DLA Piper's litigation group. During that time she participated in New Perimeter's Kosovo Law Reform Project. She was seconded to the Ministry of Justice in Pristina, Kosovo, providing legislative drafting assistance to the Kosovar Government on laws creating the Kosovo judicial and prosecutorial systems. She also provided training to Kosovar lawyers on legislative drafting techniques, legal ethics and oral and written advocacy.
Sara currently sits on the Board of Women Win, an international organization using sport as a strategy to advance women's rights in developing countries.
Suzanna Brickman serves as International Pro Bono Counsel with New Perimeter. In this role, she identifies, develops and manages a range of New Perimeter initiatives. Suzanna has led and participated in worldwide efforts, including training lawyers, law students, and other stakeholders in Africa, Southeast Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean, to build capacity and promote the rule of law. She also manages cross-office and cross-jurisdiction research projects for international NGOs focused on access to justice and legal education.
Suzanna also serves as domestic Pro Bono Counsel, overseeing and developing the pro bono programs in numerous DLA Piper U.S. offices. In her own pro bono practice, Suzanna has represented asylum seekers and detained immigrants, worked on impact litigation, managed a large-scale criminal justice project, and assisted death row inmates on a variety of issues.
Before joining DLA Piper and New Perimeter, Suzanna practiced in the litigation department of a major San Francisco law firm, and served as a one-year fellow in higher education law, as a lawyer in a university’s general counsel’s office.
As Head of Pro Bono, Claire leads DLA Piper's pro bono program in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. In these regions, DLA Piper has more than 60 offices and over 3,000 fee earners. Claire also dedicates part of her time to working with New Perimeter, DLA Piper's international pro bono initiative and nonprofit affiliate.
Claire's pro bono practice is focused in the areas of access to justice and capacity building and she establishes and oversees a diverse range of global pro bono initiatives in these areas. Claire is a trusted partner and works to build partnerships and collaborates with commercial clients, NGOs, academic institutions, government agencies and other joint venture partners to achieve project goals. Claire also works extensively with the firm's clients to develop and deliver collaborative pro bono projects.
Claire has conducted a major economic development project in Timor-Leste and a significant research project on international criminal law. She has also developed and led teaching courses in Laos, Malawi, Myanmar, Mexico, Nepal, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand, Viet Nam and Zambia. Her domestic pro bono practice has included conducting strategic impact litigation, representing women and children seeking apprehended violence orders in court and advising individual clients on access to justice issues.
Claire has experience working in Australia, China, France and the United States. Before joining the pro bono team full-time, Claire was a Senior Associate in the Sydney Litigation & Regulatory team.
Crystal Doyle serves as Pro Bono Counsel. In this role, she identifies, develops and manages a range of New Perimeter initiatives, with a special focus on issues related to women, trafficking in persons and domestic violence.
Before joining DLA Piper and the New Perimeter team, Crystal was the Pro Bono Manager for a New York-based legal services provider that served survivors of domestic violence. While there, Crystal’s practice focused on the immigration needs of victims of crime and violence, including asylum seekers and victims of human trafficking. Before that she spent several years as a litigation associate at a major law firm where she specialized in internal investigations.
Prior to law school, Crystal served as the pro bono specialist at a major law firm where she worked closely with the firm’s pro bono immigration clients.
Lorraine Bell is the Project Manager for New Perimeter. In this capacity she provides administrative support for New Perimeter projects. She is also responsible for managing the arrangements for New Perimeter meetings, including the bi-annual Advisory Board meetings and other special events.
Before joining DLA Piper, Lorraine was the Marketing Operations Manager at Dow Jones & Company where she conducted product training and supported marketing initiatives for the information professional community. She also volunteers for ACS, an organization that provides youth development services in the Washington, DC area.
Project partners and clients
New Perimeter collaborates with an extensive network of organizations around the world. Examples include:
DLA Piper, Pfizer Inc. deliver training in legal writing and analysis to Zambian law students
New Perimeter teams with EADB to provide training on contract negotiation to East African government lawyers
New Perimeter hosts virtual training on special economic zones at the University of Pretoria
New Perimeter and GE deliver virtual training course for Zambian graduate law students
Karen Sherman joins New Perimeter's Advisory Board
New Perimeter teaches on access to justice and pro bono in Colombia
Public Service Law Firm of the Year
In 2015, DLA Piper received the Public Service Law Firm of the year award for pro bono from client GSK during its Annual Litigation Summit, which DLA Piper hosted in its Washington, DC office. GSK was impressed with the breadth and depth of pro bono work performed by DLA Piper, especially noting New Perimeter and the firm’s signature projects.
Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year
DLA Piper was named “Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year” in 2014 by Who’s Who Legal for the firm’s commitment to maintaining a leading pro bono practice and for providing phenomenal work in 2013. Last year, DLA Piper handled 207,000 hours of pro bono work for charities, individuals, social enterprises, and United Nations and non- governmental agencies – more than any other firm in the Who’s Who Legal survey. In 2013, the firm overall donated 130,961 pro bono hours in North America, 40,171 hours in Europe and the Middle East, and 36,023 hours in Asia Pacific, which is equivalent to 133 lawyers working full-time on pro bono work for one year.
Global Citizenship Award: Lifetime Achievement
In 2013, New Perimeter received a lifetime achievement Global Citizenship Award as part of the The American Lawyer’s inaugural Global Legal Awards. After receiving more than 300 nominations, the publication created new categories to honor the important global legal work handled by legal teams across the country and world. New Perimeter received the Global Citizenship Award: Lifetime Achievement honor – the only firm to do so.
The African Legal Awards
In 2013, DLA Piper and Group firm DLA Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr were recognized by Legal Week, at the African Legal Awards, with the inaugural CSR Award for our work through New Perimeter.
College of Law Practice Management (COLPM) Innovation Award
DLA Piper received the 2007 InnovAction Award for New Perimeter at the Annual Meeting of College of Law Practice Management. A letter from Charles R. Coulter, chair of InnovAction, explained that the international judges “determined that DLA Piper’s creation and successful application of the New Perimeter Project is exactly the type of innovation and implementation the InnovAction Awards are designed to recognize.”