Conference to Promote Pro Bono and Philanthropic Culture in Mexico


WASHINGTON, DC, March 26, 2009 – American University Washington College of Law (WCL) is proud to host the upcoming conference titled “Creating a Pro Bono and Philanthropic Culture in Mexico” taking place Wednesday, April 1 from 9:15 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.  The conference is jointly presented by WCL, Appleseed, and the Embassy of Mexico.

The conference will provide an overview of the U.S./Mexico/Latin America pro bono picture in an effort to raise the awareness of the importance of pro bono legal assistance to developing societies, and will bring together pro bono legal experts, corporate donors, and leaders in social entrepreneurship.  There will also be a session that will take a look ahead at how pro bono can help social development in Mexico in the future. 

The group Appleseed is dedicated to advancing social change through pro bono legal work for nonprofit organizations, and their efforts in Mexico will also be recognized at the conference.  They have established the “Mexican Pro Bono Network,” a network of lawyers, firms, and corporations who provide pro bono legal support to projects of high societal importance. 

“We’re pleased to be hosting such a timely conference at a critical juncture for the future of Mexico,” says Macarena Saez, International Programs Coordinator at WCL.  “As the country faces various cultural and economic challenges, it is important that the idea of pro bono work is promoted and its widespread societal benefits are properly understood and demonstrated.”

To learn more about this conference or American University Washington College of Law, please contact Jason Policastro at (202) 895-4537 or via email at

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Full Schedule:

8:30 am            Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:30 am            Opening Remarks

9:45 am           US/Mexico/Latin America Pro Bono Overview

Moderators:  Eric Koenig, Retired, Microsoft Corporation and Robert E. Herzstein, Of Counsel, Miller & Chevalier.  Panelists: Elliott Milstein, Professor of Law, Washington College of Law; Macarena Saez, International Programs Coordinator, Washington College of Law; Antonia Stolper, Partner, Shearman and Sterling, Cyrus Vance Center

10:45 am           Next Steps, Lessons Learned, How Pro Bono Can Help Social Development in Mexico

ModeratorBetsy Cavendish, Executive Director, Appleseed. Panelists: Maru Cortazar, Executive Director, Mexico Appleseed; Lisa Dewey, Pro Bono Partner, DLA Piper; Scott Rechler, Manager, Fellow Security Program, ASHOKA; Alexis E. Rovzar, Partner inthe Latin America Practice, White & Case

11:45                Question and Answer/Concluding Remarks

12:15 pm          Lunch