Santillan et al. v. Ashcroft et al.

January 10, 2006 — Cooley Godward LLP announced today that Santillan, et al. v. Gonzales, et al., a major impact pro bono matter successfully handled by the Firm, has been selected by the National Law Journal (NLJ) as one of the country's top pro bono cases of 2005.  Only four pro bono cases nationwide earned this recognition.

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December 28, 2005 – Cooley Godward LLP, the Texas Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) won an important victory against the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS).   A federal court issued a permanent injunction against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), ordering the agency to provide documentation of lawful status (“green cards”) to a nationwide of lawful permanent residents (LPRs) who have been denied such proof for months and, in many cases, years.

To view a copy of the permanent injuction order, click here.

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August 25, 2005 – Cooley Godward LLP, the Texas Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) won an important victory against the Department of Homeland Security(DHS). The court granted summary judgment in favor of a nationwide class of lawful permanent residents (LPRs) who to date have been denied documentary proof of their lawful status (or "green cards"). 

To view the full summary judgment orderclick here.

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October 14, 2004 – Cooley Godward LLP and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law of Texas (Texas Lawyers' Committee) won a significant victory against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The court granted class certification to the suit, allowing the named plaintiffs to proceed with challenging the DHS practice of denying documents showing lawful status to lawful permanent residents.

To view the full certification order, click here.

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July 7, 2004 – Cooley Godward LLP and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights under Law of Texas (Texas Lawyers' Committee) have filed a national class-action lawsuit against Attorney General John Ashcroft and Secretary Tom Ridge, head of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), for denying proof of status to lawful permanent residents. 

To view the full complaint, click here.

To view a copy of the press release click here.


For media inquiries, please contact:

Cooley Godward LLP

Monica Stoner
(650) 843-5617
mstoner@cooley.com                       

Texas Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights

Javier N. Maldonado
(210) 277-1603 x307
jmaldonado@txlawyerscommittee.org

Mexican American Legal Defense and
Education Fund

Marisol Perez
(210) 224-5476
mperez@maldef.org


About Cooley Godward LLP

Nationally recognized for our successful work in complex commercial litigation and pioneering business transactional services, Cooley Godward is a leading national law firm with an award-winning Pro Bono practice. We strive to give generously of our time, talents and resources to the communities in which we practice, and are dedicated to assisting people, organizations and businesses that cannot readily afford legal representation. Last year, more than 300 Cooley attorneys contributed over 28,000 hours to non-profit organizations, disadvantaged communities and low-income families. For more information about Cooley Godward’s Pro Bono practice, visit www.cooley.com/probono.

About Texas Lawyers' Committee 

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights under Law of Texas is a non-profit civil rights organization dedicated to protecting and defending the rights of immigrants and refugees throughout the state of Texas.  For more information, visit www.txlawyerscommittee.org.


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