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TrustLaw: the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s global pro bono legal programme

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted June 15, 2020 from Brazil
Expires on December 30, 2020
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We connect high-impact NGOs and social enterprises working to create social and environmental change with the best law firms and corporate legal teams to provide them with free legal assistance.

We produce groundbreaking legal research and offer innovative training courses worldwide.

As the world faces an unprecedented set of challenges posed by the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Thomson Reuters Foundation is leveraging its unique blend of journalism and legal skills to strengthen the global response.

Our global pro bono legal network, TrustLaw, is working closely with our legal partners to increase efforts to provide dedicated pro bono support during these challenging times.

The TrustLaw COVID-19 Resource Hub brings together resources from around the globe on the legal implications of COVID-19. We include links to helpful information for non-profit and social enterprises that are navigating the challenges of the ongoing pandemic.

TrustLaw is running a series of webinars for non-profits and social enterprises. Attendees will have the opportunity to receive practical guidance directly from lawyers on legal issues arising from the pandemic. Topics may include employment issues, contractual rights and force majeure, insurance, GDPR, governance, and others. Stay tuned for updates from the TrustLaw team in your region.

TrustLaw continues to operate our core pro bono services online during the evolving COVID-19 situation. If you are a non-profit or social enterprise in need of specific pro bono legal advice, please login to submit a request through our TrustLaw Portal or find out how to Join TrustLaw for free.


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Our free legal service enables NGOs and social enterprises to streamline operations, expand into new countries and scale their impact. This helps them focus on their mission without spending valuable resources on their legal needs.

We work with hundreds of legal teams representing over 120,000 lawyers who volunteer their time, skills and expertise to help NGOs and social enterprises achieve their social mission.

Through TrustLaw, lawyers can provide free legal assistance to organisations facing challenges that transcend borders, enhancing the spread and depth of pro bono work in jurisdictions relatively unfamiliar to the practice.

TrustLaw is a completely free service. Once they become members, NGOs and social enterprises can request free legal support, and lawyers can volunteer to work on projects that interest them.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Jun 15
Jun 15

Friendly reminders:
1. Study similar calls (open and closed ones) that interest you to discover what they have in common and how you can think ahead/plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Prepare/update paperwork (certificates and attests usually required from an organization like yours);
3. Write (baby steps...!) and discuss a project draft - to validate the priorities within your group and to train your grant writing skills;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal/project. Start now!!!
5. Visit the World Pulse website >>> My Pulse >>> Resources and then use its filters (right upper corner) to find what may really suit you;
6; Share the opportunities that may not apply to you but can interest others;
7. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... They will enlighten and inspire your network

Jill Langhus
Jun 17
Jun 17

Thanks, Ana. This is such a great service!