Palo Alto – April 24, 2015 – The American Bar Association Section of Litigation honored Cooley with the John Minor Wisdom Public Service and Professionalism award at its annual conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. The award is presented in recognition of outstanding contributions to the quality of justice in legal communities ensuring that the legal system is open and available to all.
Pro Bono committee co-chair and patent counseling and prosecution partner Erich Veitenheimer, as well as litigation partner and past pro bono committee co-chair Tony Stiegler, were on hand to accept the award on Cooley's behalf.
"We are extremely honored to be recognized with an award established to, in turn, honor an individual who was so influential in advancing this country's civil rights and desegregation laws in the tumultuous 1950's and 60's, which in 2015, seems to be a poignant and current subject," said Stiegler.
In 2014, 608 Cooley timekeepers contributed more than 37,000 hours on nearly 700 pro bono matters. In 2014, 164 attorneys met the firm's pro bono challenge of investing 60 or more hours on pro bono matters.
"Commitment to the community is an important part of our culture at Cooley and a fundamental component of who we are," said Cooley's pro bono partner, Maureen Alger. "Cooley gives pro bono matters the same staffing, attention, and resources as billable matters. The firm also assigns them with the same weight and credit as billable matters when evaluating each lawyer's contributions to the firm."
"We really appreciate the ABA recognition, and we also want to recognize the many amazing legal services organizations with which we partner on pro bono matters," said Veithenheimer. "The legal services attorneys are the real heroes every day in the trenches, and we couldn't do our pro bono work without these partnerships."
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