Supporting the Growth of Pro Bono in Mexico
Project location: Mexico
Dates: 2008 – Ongoing
About our work
New Perimeter works with Mexico Appleseed assisting the organization to create a sustainable pro bono culture and network within the legal profession in Mexico. Each year, DLA Piper lawyers teach several classes about pro bono and public interest law to law students in Mexico.
- Develop and deliver classes to Mexican law students on topics including developing a pro bono program, transactional pro bono, juvenile justice, domestic violence and class actions
- New Perimeter has taught 600+ students since the project’s inception.
- Classes or seminars have been taught at the Universidad Panamericana, the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico, Libre de Derecho, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey and Universidad Anáhuac.
[The training] really opens your eyes. It tells you that you're a lawyer starting a professional career in a university and not everyone has that. So you need to share that fortune with less fortunate people. — Mexican law student Isaac Jacobo de Leon Mendoza
To change culture is not an easy thing to do, but when the lawyers and students see what is happening in other parts of the world, they feel inspiration and they are motivated to do pro bono. We are now receiving calls from the legal departments of corporations and from universities and law firms. They are asking us to give them cases because they are willing to work on pro bono. — Maru Cortazar, Executive Director of Mexico Appleseed