Five years after launching New Perimeter — a global pro bono affiliate of DLA Piper — firm partner Sheldon Krantz has accumulated a long list of international projects: combating politically motivated rapes in Zimbabwe; encouraging economic development in East Timor; and promoting the sale of carbon credits in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.
“We decided we wanted to create something that gave our lawyers opportunities to work in developing and post-conflict countries on really difficult issues,” said Krantz. When he started the group, Krantz was working pro bono with the Children’s Law Center in Washington, while he also maintained a white-collar criminal defense practice at the firm.
More recently, Krantz has been to Kosovo, where New Perimeter is assisting officials in developing an independent judiciary. He’s also been in Guyana training prosecutors and magistrates.
New Frontier also is working to improve the Addis Ababa University Law School in Ethiopia. The group pairs with law schools such as the University of Maryland School of Law, which has been assisting a paralegal association in Namibia. Krantz will join the faculty at Maryland there after retiring from DLA Piper at the end of June. Lisa Dewey, a DLA partner in Washington, will replace him at New Perimeter.
Krantz isn’t necessarily retiring from pro bono work.
“We’ve got a lot of ambitious projects planned for Sheldon,” said Michael Millemann, professor of law and coordinator of the International and Comparative Law Clinic at Maryland Law. — Amanda Bronstad