Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation Launches LawForChange: A New, One-Stop Online Legal Resource to Support and Strengthen the U.S. Social Sector

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The Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of LawForChange, a unique and innovative online legal resource designed for people and organizations in the social sector dedicated to improving lives and bringing about positive social change.

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The information made available on LawForChange is specifically tailored to the needs of 'social sector organizations', which include social entrepreneurs and innovators, social enterprises, charities, community organizations, philanthropies, and faith-based organizations

The Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of LawForChange, a unique and innovative online legal resource designed for people and organizations in the social sector dedicated to improving lives and bringing about positive social change. LawForChange will provide a one-stop source of legal information and resources that help individuals and organizations understand the legal requirements involved in establishing and operating U.S.-based social sector organizations.

Working closely with Lex Mundi member law firms and select law schools, the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation compiled detailed information for each U.S. state, including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The site features:

1.    Legal Resources -- information that addresses key legal topics associated with starting and running a social sector organization, including a start-up kit, legal audit check list, frequently asked questions and guides

2.    Discussion Forum and Blogs -- organizations and thought leaders can share and discuss legal topics and developments affecting the social sector

3.    News and Events -- hot topics and legal news and events relevant to the social sector

“The information made available on LawForChange is specifically tailored to the needs of 'social sector organizations', which include social entrepreneurs and innovators, social enterprises, charities, community organizations, philanthropies, and faith-based organizations,” commented Chloe Holderness, Managing Director of the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation. “LawForChange will help these individuals and organizations by providing state-specific basic legal information so that they can minimize risk and know when and why to consult a lawyer. It will also help them anticipate and think strategically about the legal issues they are likely to face while giving them access to an online community for sharing legal challenges, solutions and new developments with others.”

Ms. Holderness further commented, “I would like to thank the Lex Mundi U.S. member firms and select law schools for the information they have contributed to LawForChange. This is a great example of how professionals and institutions within the legal industry can come together and utilize their talents and time to have a real and positive impact on organizations working to create social change in their communities.”

To learn more about LawForChange, please visit http://www.lawforchange.org/ . Follow LawForChange on Twitter and Facebook. Also, please see LawForChange blogger Dave Roll’s discussion on Social Edge about LawForChange and the landscape of online legal resources: Click Here.

About Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation

The Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit affiliate of Lex Mundi, the world’s leading association of independent law firms. Utilizing the talents and resources of Lex Mundi’s powerful global network of top-tier commercial law firms, the Foundation matches experienced lawyers who provide first-class legal services to social entrepreneurs on a pro bono basis, enabling them to carry out their missions of positive social change and to improve the lives of the poor and disenfranchised. To learn more about the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation, please visit http://www.lexmundiprobono.org.

About Lex Mundi

Lex Mundi is the world’s leading association of independent law firms. The association has more than 160 member firms around the world, representing approximately 21,000 lawyers. Membership in Lex Mundi provides member firms with a trusted network of law firms that share similar values and a similar focus on quality through which they can access global legal resources that enable them to serve their clients better and to improve continuously all aspects of their firms. Member law firms are located throughout North America, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia and the Pacific, the Middle East and Africa. For more information, please visit http://www.lexmundi.com .

*The Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation and LawForChange cannot and do not provide legal advice and are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney.

For a printable version of this press release, please visit http://www.lexmundi.com/images/lexmundi/PDF/PressReleases/2010_LawForChange.pdf .

Contact Information:

Chloe Holderness
1.202.429.1630

Kathleen Pope-Sance
1.713.328.4521

Carl Anduri
1.925.962.0115

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