New York – June 4, 2020 – Aligning with the firm’s commitment to being an active agent of change, Cooley will donate nearly $750,000* to the Equal Justice Initiative, which works to end mass incarceration and excessive punishment, to challenge racial and economic injustice and to protect basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in America.
“It is time to seek out education; learn about ourselves and each other; converse and collaborate; and stand together as one, united against the racism, bias and hatred that seek to divide us – it is time for action,” said Joe Conroy, Cooley’s chairman and chief executive officer.
Cooley’s donation is one of the many steps the firm will take in the days, weeks and months ahead to advocate against violence, inequality, injustice and denial of fair opportunity to the Black community.
The Equal Justice Initiative was founded by Bryan Stevenson, a widely acclaimed public interest lawyer and bestselling author of “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption.” EJI works with communities who have been marginalized by poverty and discouraged by unequal treatment, and it is committed to changing the narrative of race in America.
Cooley’s Black Attorney Affinity Group, together with others in the fight, has compiled a resource kit to deepen and expand understanding of anti-racism and allyship and to encourage education, engagement and action.
*Editor's note: On top of the initial $450,000 donation by Cooley, individual donations by partners and employees at the firm raised more than $290,000, putting Cooley’s total donation to the Equal Justice Initiative at nearly $750,000.
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