May 5, 2022

The Firm received the Good Governance award for its work to address challenges facing the judiciary in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice recognized Willkie at the annual Celebration of International Pro Bono Excellence for its work on an in-depth report by the International Legal Assistance Consortium (ILAC) on current and future challenges to the judiciary in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Willkie was honored with the Good Governance award for serving as coordinating counsel for a consortium of law firms that contributed to the Vance Center and the ILAC’s report, “Justice in the Time of COVID-19: Challenges to the Judiciary in Latin America & the Caribbean.” The report detailed how pandemic-focused emergency measures across the region have affected the practical functioning of the judiciary and impaired access to justice.

The Firm helped the Vance Center conduct more than 30 interviews in the summer of 2020 with trial, appellate and high court judges to supplement research by pro bono counsels recruited through the Pro Bono Network of the Americas. Willkie researched international standards and best practices on the role of the judiciary and consolidated the information from other pro bono researchers as well as the interviews in a memorandum that served as the basis for the ILAC report.

Read the full ILAC report here.