Lila Gasca earns Latin Lawyer's 2018 Pro Bono Award for response to Mexico City earthquake

Mexico City, 27 February 2018 – International law firm Hogan Lovells is pleased to announce that Mexico City associate Lila Alejandra Gasca Enríquez has earned Latin Lawyer’s 2018 Pro Bono Award. Gasca and several other lawyers and firms across Mexico City were recognized for their coordinated pro bono response to the devastating 7.1 magnitude earthquake that struck the region last September.

Immediately following the quake, Gasca and members of the legal community banded together to identify priorities for those affected by the earthquake. In addition to organizing and distributing donations, the group put together a legal handbook with advice on property and real estate law, insurance claims, government benefit eligibility, and civil protection programs. Several Hogan Lovells lawyers provided direct legal advice to more than 50 victims of the earthquake which continues in an ongoing pro bono basis. Hogan Lovells also raised 145,000 pesos, which the firm matched and tripled, for the Carlos Slim Foundation.

Gasca and some of her colleagues appeared on local news channel Imagen Televisión, popular talk show El Ombligo de la Luna, and several radio call in shows offering general advice, answering victims’ questions, and raising awareness about services being offered. According to Latin Lawyer, “It was the first time that lawyers and pro bono representatives had used the media to notify the public of the legal aid available to them.” Gasca added, “Broadcasting through the media was effective, and many of the victims we helped expressed their gratitude for the legal support received.”

Latin Lawyer will recognize Gasca and her colleagues at its annual charity awards ceremony on April 19 in São Paulo.

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