Jenner & Block

Firm Honored with Inaugural Anne Heyman Spirit Award for Pro Bono Work in Rwanda

On May 5, 2014, Jenner & Block was honored with the first Anne Heyman Spirit Award at the Agahozo Shalom Youth Village (ASYV) Gala in New York.  Founded by Anne Heyman, ASYV operates a residential and educational community in rural Rwanda modeled on Yemin Orde, an Israeli youth village for orphaned survivors of the Holocaust.  ASYV’s mission is “to enable orphaned and vulnerable youth to realize their maximum potential by providing them with a safe and secure living environment, health care, education and necessary life skills.”  

The Anne Heyman Spirit Award was “created to embody the spirit, love and dedication that Anne demonstrated in all aspects of her life.”  Jenner & Block received the award in appreciation of the firm’s pro bono representation of ASYV in its negotiations with Gigawatt Global, which resulted in a partnership to build the largest solar energy facility in Central Africa on ASYV’s 144-acre campus.  The facility will not only supply power to the ASYV community, it will also sell electricity to the Rwandan government to supply neighboring communities.  The proceeds will repay the project’s investors and provide funding for ASYV’s work, and Gigawatt Global will provide training to ASYV students to learn solar-energy-related job skills. 

Partner Patrick J. Trostle led the Jenner & Block team and accepted the award on behalf of the firm.  The core team for the project included Partner Jerry Burgdoerfer and Associates Natalie K. Orpett and Marc A. Roualet.  The team also included Partner Carter H. Klein on UCC issues; Partner Alexandra E. Dowling on tax issues; and Partner Michelle M. McAtee, Associate Edward T. Mansell and Staff Attorney Michael S. Mandell on real estate matters.  Partners Donald I. Resnick and Lawrence S. Schaner, Associates Leah G. Beitner and Joseph D. Kline and former Mori Hamada & Matsumoto visiting attorney Seijun Lee also made valuable contributions.