Ralph Delouis and R. Andrew Richards scarcely knew one another at the New York offices of McCarter & English before their June mission to Haiti, which had been ravaged by the aftermath of January’s earthquake. But what they had in common was personal experience in how random disaster may alter and upend everyday life. And each knew that their own well-being carried with it a debt to others.

They paid back in the way that lawyers can: with pro bono service, namely by creating a microfinance institution that will help make ends meet for as many as 5,000 subsistence farmers in Haiti.

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