Fundrasing event spotlights law firm’s role in Rwanda

Starting at 7 tonight, the NYC law firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP is hosting a fundraiser called “Rwanda & Social Enterprise: Investing in Women” at Michael’s Restaurant, 24 West 55th St.

The cost is $150 per person, and all proceeds will go to Indego Africa, a nonprofit group focused partners that helps Rwandan women sell their art and crafts in the U.S. and on the Web. Indego Africa – which stands for INdependence, DEvelopment, and GOvernance, applies 100 peercent of profits and other grants or donations to training programs in financial management, entrepreneurship, literacy, and computers – which are administered by top Rwandan university students.

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The event will feature Stephen Kinzer, an award-winning foreign correspondent who will talk about Rwanda’s emerging role of social enterprise, especially in empowering Rwandan women. Kinzer’s most recent book, A Thousand Hills: Rwanda’s Rebirth and the Man Who Dreamed It, was described by Archbishop Desmond Tutu as “a fascinating account of a near-miracle unfolding before our very eyes.”

Since 2007, Orrick has sent 16 young lawyers to Rwanda to help the Indego Africa program. to read more about the firm’s role in Rwanda, click here to read the article.

It’s Pro Bono Day!

Today is Pro Bono Day in Westchester County, a day where lawyers are encouraged to waive their fees and fight for impoverished clients. In recognition of the American Bar Association’s first ever National Pro Bono Week, Pace University Law School in White Plains is hosting a day’s worth of programs and activities for attorneys who want to take on the challenge of pro bono work.

Later tonight, state Supreme Court Justice Francis A. Nicolai will be among those to receive the “Partners In Justice Award” during a reception starting at 5:30 p.m. Nicolai, the presiding judge of the Appellate Term for the Ninth and Tenth Judicial Districts, will be honored alongside attorneys Barbara Lerman, Julie Cvek, Robert Byrne, Dawn Arnold and the law firm of McCarthy Fingar LLP in the Omni Room of the Judicial Institute.

Sponsors include Pace Law School Center for Career Development, Legal Services of the Hudson Valley, The Westchester County Pro Bono Committee, Westchester County Bar Association, Westchester Women’s Bar Association, Westchester Black Bar Association, Brandeis Bar Association, Columbian Bar Association, and bar associations in White Plains, New Rochelle and Yonkers.