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Pro bono attorneys from some of the nation's largest firms and major corporations have finalized 8,000 adoptions for children in the Los Angeles County foster care system

As the nation's largest not-for-profit law firm of its kind, Public Counsel changes people's lives every day. We do it with the help of thousands of people who volunteer their time and talents to make a difference.

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Meet Public Counsel's
Pro Bono Partners

"Public Counsel is the nation's pro bono leader because they get results for clients. They are making our community better." -Morgan Chu, Irell & Manella

Public Counsel Board Member Morgan Chu was named one of the country's top 10 trial lawyers by the National Law Journal, and Irell & Manella has received Public Counsel's Pro Bono Achievement award

"Many of those referred by Public Counsel have endured unspeakable violence in their countries of origin. Helping them to rebuild their lives in this country has been among the most rewarding work that I have done." -Peter Perkowski, Winston & Strawn LLP

Peter was recognized with Public Counsel's Pro Bono Award for his work for our Immigrants' Rights Project.

"The veterans I’ve helped have all been grateful, appreciative and almost seem to take a certain amount of pride in knowing that they have a lawyer with them in court, speaking on their behalf." -Honorable Paul Enright, Retired

Retired Superior Court Commissioner Paul Enright brings more than 30 years experience in the criminal justice system to his work representing veterans in court.

"Beyond providing legal services, arguably the most important part of what we do is to listen to these people's stories, look them in the eye and tell them they're not alone." -Marlena McMurchie, USC School of Law

Marlena was a Public Counsel 2011 summer intern with the CARES program that advocates for people's rights in the Los Angeles County welfare system.

" 'Justice, justice shall you pursue.' Public Counsel allows me to use my appellate expertise to do just that. I’ve been privileged to help individuals struggling to vindicate their rights on appeal." -Alana Rotter, Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland LLP

Alana has worked with Public Counsel’s Appellate Law Program since 2007.

"Adoption Day was a simply incredible experience – so much energy, happiness and excitement as children joined their 'forever' families. To be able to use my legal training to join a child with a new family is something that is a truly rewarding and memorable experience." -Susan Kigawa, attorney with the Walt Disney Company

Pro bono attorneys and legal staff from major law firms and corporations including Manatt, Winston & Strawn, Wilson Elser, Milbank, Perkins Coie, Morrison & Foerster, Katten Muchin Rosenman and Skadden, Southern California Edison and the Walt Disney Company have helped create 8,000 new families since our Adoptions Project started in 1997.