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The Thomson-Reuters Foundation unveiled its new international pro bono project to a group of big firm lawyers and representatives from nongovernmental organizations in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. Dubbed TrustLaw, the effort is designed to provide a new online market for pro bono projects around the world, connecting NGOs and nonprofits in need of free legal services with law firms looking to help. The project’s Web site, Trustlaw.org, will launch in mid-April and function like a Match.com for pro bono work, explained Monique Villa, CEO of the Thomson-Reuters Foundation. Nonprofit groups like Transparency International and Kiva.org can post descriptions of the projects they need legal help with, from analyzing the anti-corruption efforts of an NGO in Russia to tax and regulatory advice in setting up a microfinance group in Uganda. TrustLaw staff will then help translate each proposal into clear-cut legal needs that member law firms can quickly analyze to determine whether a project is something they can take on, Villa said. Firms including Latham & Watkins in the U.S. and Garrigues in Spain have already signaled their interest in the project. The idea for the site came about more than a year ago, soon after the merger of Thomson and Reuters, Villa said. It’s an extension of the foundation’s earlier projects: AlertNet, its humanitarian news network, and its new Emergency Information Service, which was unveiled in December and put to use less than a month later, coordinating relief efforts in the aftermath of the earthquake that leveled Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

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