At Clifford Chance we are proud of our strongly held values as a firm and our commitment to the UN's Standards of Conducts for Business to promote equal rights and treatment of LGBT+ people.
We also understand that if we hold these values, we must be prepared to champion, campaign for, and defend them on behalf of LGBT+ people.
As part of our #VirtualPride celebrations at Clifford Chance, we hosted an LGBT Pro bono work panel discussion with HRC. This looked at how and why Clifford Chance support pro bono projects from around the world, why this matters for everyone and what other firms can do to make the change they want to see in the world.
The discussion is facilitated by Tiernan Brady, Global Head of Inclusion at Clifford Chance, and welcomes colleagues from London, New York, Sao Paolo and Warsaw, including:
- Marcin Ciemiński, a Partner in Warsaw, who talks about the team's work on behalf of a LGBT group in successfully bringing a motion to a Polish court, which ordered the conservative newspaper Gazeta Polska to halt the distribution of "LGBT-free zone stickers"
- Teo Pastor, Staff Attorney in Sao Paolo, who talks about the firm's work for a Brazilian LGBT individual who is applying for asylum in the United States on the grounds of persecution against LGBTs in Brazil and protection under the Convention Against Torture.
- Jemima Roe, Lawyer in London, who talks about the firm's representation of Christie Elan-Cane in judicial review proceedings challenging the UK government passport policy.
We were also joined by Jason Starr, Director of Litigation, Human Rights Campaign in New York, who will talk about the firms partnership with the Human Rights Campaign and what other firms can do to support pro bono work around the world.