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Public Counsel Kicks-off National Pro Bono Week with Pro Bono Opportunities and 2020 Pro Bono Award Recipients

Public Counsel is thrilled to showcase our pro bono partners in honor of National Pro Bono Week (Oct. 25 – 31). Please join us for the following virtual events to support our Pro Bono volunteers: 

Additionally, we are excited to announce our 2020 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!

  • Joseph Andrews of Andrews & Hensleigh LLP, honored by the Appellate Law Project 
  • Shirley Scopelitis of Walt Disney Company, honored by the Children’s Right Project (Adoptions)
  • Joshua Demple, Olivier Theard, Candace Matson, and David Berger of Sheppard Mullin, honored by the Consumer Rights & Economic Justice Project 
  • Veterans’ Advocacy team of Vedder Price, honored by the Center For Veterans’ Advancement Project 
  • Lauren Ross of The Law Offices of Lauren Ross, honored by Consumer Rights & Economic Justice Project (Debtor Assistance) 
  • Tim Poydenis and Sean Greaney of Goodwin Procter, honored by the Community Development Project (Early Care & Education Law) 
  • Rohit Nath of Susman Godfrey LLP, honored by the Homelessness Prevention Law Project 
  • Debra Waters-Roman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Therapist, USC Professor, honored by the Immigrants' Rights Project 
  • Rex Heinke, Jessica Weisel, and Joshua Tate of Akin Gump, honored by the Immigrants' Rights Project 
  • Ella T. Litigation team of Morrison & Foerster, honored by Opportunity Under Law 
  • Susan Allison of Jeffer Mangels, honored by the Women and Girls’ Rights Project 
  • Ed Casey of Alston Bird, honored by the Community Development 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.