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Public Counsel Kicks-off National Pro Bono Week with a Full Palette of Pro Bono Opportunities and Celebrations


Left to right: Jennifer Baldocchi (Paul Hastings, Public Counsel Board Member), Paula Clamorro, David Daniels, Alma Bonifacio, Amanda Pertusati (Public Counsel Center for Veteran's Advancement - CVA), Andy LeGolvan, Scott Carlton (Paul Hastings), Tollie Besson (Paul Hastings, Partner Emeritus)

Public Counsel is thrilled to showcase our pro bono partners all week long in honor of National Pro Bono Week (Oct. 20 – 26):

  • On Monday 10/21, CEO and President Margaret Morrow will present on the power of pro bono at Amazon Studios, which will be broadcasted worldwide to the entire Amazon Legal Team.
  • On Tuesday 10/22, our team will facilitate two important pro bono clinics including our Guardianship Clinic at the Los Angeles County Law Library, where a large group of pro bono attorneys will help clients begin establishing guardianships for vulnerable youth, and the Debtor Assistance Clinic at the County Law Library, where we will train and support pro bono attorneys as they counsel clients facing crushing consumer debt. 
  • On Thursday 10/24, we are honored to award Governor Gavin Newsom, Toyota, and the law firm of Manatt, Phelps and Phillips at our annual William O. Douglas Award Dinner. Manatt will receive the Law Firm Pro Bono Award for their remarkable commitment to justice through pro bono.  

Finally, we are excited to announce our 2019 Pro Bono Award recipients whose generous dedication to Public Counsel clients is the epitome of the life-changing legal work all of our volunteers engage in every day. As one of the nation’s largest public interest law firms, Public Counsel strives to provide vital legal services to the most vulnerable individuals and communities. We simply cannot do what we do without the thousands of talented legal professionals who volunteer for us each year. 

With that in mind, through the Pro Bono Awards, Public Counsel seeks to highlight and honor a select group that has gone far beyond in providing outstanding and impactful service to those in need. The recipients of these awards are an exemplary group of talented and devoted practitioners who kindly donated significant portions of time to ensuring justice for those who would otherwise be voiceless and without hope. Please join us in congratulating and celebrating this year’s recipients!

  • Jennifer Mora of Seyfarth Shaw LLP, nominated by Public Counsel’s Community Development Project
  • Greg Bordo and Justin Brandt of Blank Rome, nominated by Public Counsel’s Consumer Rights & Economic Justice Project
  • John Melissinos of Greenberg Glusker, nominated by Consumer Rights & Economic Justice’s Debtor Assistance Project
  • David Smith of Campbell Smith Law, nominated by the Community Development Project’s Early Care & Education Law Unit
  • Adam L. Yarian of Gibson Dunn, nominated by the Federal Pro Se Clinic
  • Jasmin Yang and Cheryl Scranton of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP, nominated by the Children’s Rights Project’s Guardianship Team.
  • Bob Wilson, Will Watts, Barbara Luttenberger, Julianna Serrano, Gloria Medel of the All Saints Church Clinic, nominated by the Public Counsel’s Homelessness Prevention Law Project
  • Sidley Austin LLP, nominated by Public Counsel’s Opportunity Under Law Project. Specific team members include Carter Phillips, Tacy Flint, Joshua Anderson, James Perez, Mark Haddad, Amy Lally, Ellyce Cooper, Jennifer Clark, Kevin Fee, Bridget Johnsen, Michael Andolina, Daniel Craig
  • Dan Kiefer of Rushforth, Lee & Kiefer LLP, nominated by Public Counsel’s Women and Girls Rights Project
  • Sarah Binning of Cooley LLP, nominated by the Children’s Rights’ Adoptions Project.
  • Paul Hastings Veteran’s Caregiver Litigation team, nominated by Public Counsel’s Center for Veteran’s Advancement.
  • Sabrina Damast and Joshua Lee, nominated by Public Counsel’s Immigrant Rights Project

Congratulations and thank you again to this year’s Public Counsel Pro Bono of the Year Award winners. Learn about our awardees and their contributions to Public Counsel. 

Read more about how you can participate in our Volunteer Opportunities and sign up for our monthly Top 10 List of cases in need of pro bono support. For more information, contact Public Counsel Pro Bono Director David Daniels at ddaniels@publiccounsel.org.