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ACBA Distinguished Service Award Spotlight – Cooley LLP 
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ACBA Distinguished Service Award Spotlight – Cooley LLP

We are honored to give our annual Distinguished Service Award for Law Firm to Cooley LLP

Join us for our Virtual Installation and Distinguished Service Awards Night to help welcome our new board of directors and Distinguished Service Awards recipients on January 21, 2021 from 5PM – 8PM. RSVP or learn more here


Cooley has a long history of supporting pro bono work. In recent years, they have worked closely with Legal Access Alameda in responding to the recent wildfire disasters. As you may know, Tiela Chalmers and Legal Access Alameda play a leadership role in the legal response to the California wildfires statewide, creating systems and resources to deliver free legal services in areas ranging from housing and employment to insurance claims and FEMA benefits. Cooley has been there from the beginning in 2015 – and not just mobilizing their attorneys to volunteer, but bringing their considerable knowledge to bear in creating those systems and resources. Cooley stepped in to coordinate clinic design, creating and staffing FEMA appeals clinics, and building a tool kit for other communities to use for these much-needed clinics. Beyond this extensive work, though, their Pro Bono Counsel and Partners have been active partners in this work from the outset, supporting the legal services providers and bar associations and helping us to make things happen. They served as our connection to other large law firms across the state and nationally, and their steadfast support and hard work made a tangible and enormous difference in the lives of survivors of disasters.

Learn more about Cooley’s pro bono work

Cooley serves our communities by representing hundreds of pro bono clients annually. We help our clients overcome obstacles that appear insurmountable without legal assistance. Through our pro bono work, we empower individuals to seek justice and opportunity, provide nonprofit organizations the tools they need to effect change, and support the economic development of underserved communities.

We collaborate with local and national legal services organizations and with corporate clients in our pro bono efforts.

All of our lawyers are encouraged to participate in our pro bono practice and pro bono work is given the same weight and credit as other matters.

2019 Year-End Pro Bono Stats
68,000+ hours
1,000+ timekeepers
400+ nonprofit clients
100+ legal services partners

Pro Bono Practice Areas
Cooley lawyers handle a wide variety of pro bono matters, including:

  • Asylum
  • Civil Rights
  • Nonprofit Advising
  • Micro-Enterprise Advising
  • Advocacy for Children & Youth

Cooley Cares
Giving back to our local communities is one of our core firm values. In addition to our pro bono work, we also give back by supporting local causes and nonprofits with financial resources and with our time. Each office chooses organizations to support throughout the year. We also provide financial support to national and international charitable organizations.

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