Cooley Honored at 2013 "Above & Beyond" Pro Bono Awards

New York – October 29, 2013 – Cooley LLP announced today that it was honored by Sanctuary for Families at its annual "Above and Beyond" awards ceremony and benefit. The ceremony recognizes members of the legal community who provide outstanding pro bono representation and advocacy on behalf of victims of domestic violence and sex trafficking.  

Cooley Partner Ian Shapiro, along with associates Emily Abrahams, Annika Goldman, Kara Wilson, Genevieve York-Erwin and former associate Sasha Polonsky-Tulgan, were specifically recognized by Sanctuary "for their compassion and patience in helping a traumatized victim of domestic violence by providing her with long-awaited expert legal representation in her asylum case."

"At the victim's hearing, the judge announced that based on the strength of Cooley's submission, she did not need the victim to testify to any of the trauma she had endured," said Dorchen Leidholdt, Legal Director at Sanctuary for Families. "Thanks to Cooley's hard work and deep compassion, this individual successfully completed the arduous journey from victim to victor."

About Sanctuary for Families

Sanctuary for Families is the leading nonprofit agency in New York State dedicated exclusively to serving survivors of domestic violence, sex trafficking, and related forms of gender violence. Each year, we help nearly 11,000 survivors and their children build safe lives through a range of high quality services, including clinical, legal, shelter, and economic empowerment. Sanctuary also works to end gender violence and its far‐reaching impact through outreach, education, and advocacy.

About Cooley LLP

Cooley's attorneys solve legal issues for entrepreneurs, investors and established companies. Clients partner with Cooley on transformative deals, complex IP matters and bet-the-company litigation, often where innovation meets the law.

Cooley has more than 700 lawyers across eleven offices in the United States and China.

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