The American Lawyer selected Jenner & Block’s pro bono effort to build a solar-powered energy plant in Rwanda as a winner in ALM’s third annual Global Legal Awards contest. The Global Legal Awards contest is ALM’s marquee competition that attracted 225 entries across 30 categories this year. The Rwandan project was honored as the pro bono project of the year in the “Citizenship” category, one of only six winners in that category.
The firm’s project involved a complex transaction for the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village, home to 500 orphaned and otherwise vulnerable Rwandan youth. In the summer of 2013, the firm began representing the Village in an unprecedented effort that is now bringing much-needed electricity, powered through solar energy, to hundreds of thousands of Rwandans – while generating income that will make the Village financially self-sustaining. A multidisciplinary team of 22 lawyers, led by Partner Patrick J. Trostle, advised the Village on the complicated deal, which involved leasing approximately 20 acres of its 144-acre campus to Dutch energy company Gigawatt Global to build an 8.5 megawatt solar plant. The plant went online last fall. In January, The National Law Journal recognized the transaction when it named the firm to its “Pro Bono Hot List.”
According to ALM, the Global Legal Awards honors all law offices that played a substantial role in the most distinguished international work performed between Jan. 1, 2014, and April 15, 2015, across a wide range of disciplines. In September, all the winners will be honored at a dinner, where the four grand prizes will also be selected. Click here to read more about the awards.