2017 PRO BONO ANNUAL REPORT Changing Lives. Transforming Communities.
ON THE PRO BONO FRONT LINE CLASS ACTION CHALLENGE: Responding to Immigration Restrictions IMMIGRATION SPOTLIGHTS: Asylum, DACA and the U.S. Military CREATIVE PROTECTIONS: Artists Strengthen Their Marks NONPROFIT SPOTLIGHTS: Keeping At-Risk Kids Off the Streets, Special Olympics USA 57,100+ Pro Bono Hours
INNOVATION IS A GUIDING FORCE FOR PERKINS COIE. Along with our penchant for new and better ways to provide legal services, we also are fond of tradition, which is unsurprising for a firm more than a century old. Pro bono and public service are among our most deeply held traditions. We take pride in our service to great companies as well as in providing equally strong service to those in our communities who cannot afford an attorney. JOHN M. DEVANEY Firmwide Managing Partner
In 2017, we upheld our tradition of service while rising to new challenges served up by the world. Beginning in January, our attorneys and legal staff ran to the airports to offer assistance to immigrants, refugees and their families following the issuance of the federal travel ban, and they continue to do significant work through impact litigation and direct representation of immigrants. They also jumped in when disasters struck, helping individuals recovering from the Northern California wildfires and other natural catastrophes. We stood with our legal aid community partners, sometimes in partnership with our corporate clients, who fought to preserve civil liberties and the rule of law. In addition, I was particularly proud to join over 165 other law firm leaders in signing a letter to Congress supporting continued funding for Legal Services Corporation, the country’s largest underwriter of civil legal aid programs for low-income Americans. The private bar has a critical role to play in the fight for equal access to justice—namely, in bringing about justice overall. It is Perkins Coie’s privilege to use our talents and resources to help through pro bono legal service.
CONTENTS IMMIGRATION 4 | NONPROFITS AND COMMUNITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 22 | BRIEFS 30 CLOSING STATEMENTS 32 | WHAT I'M WORKING ON 34 | COMMUNITY SERVICE 36 AWARDS & RECOGNITION 38
I HAVE NEVER FELT MORE PROUD TO BE A LAWYER THAN I DID IN 2017. In the more than 20 years I have been involved in law firm pro bono, 2017 stands out as a watershed year. Following the January 2017 issuance of an executive order restricting travel into the United States, my phone exploded with calls from attorneys firmwide asking how they could help. I honestly had never experienced anything like this.
LEAH MEDWAY Pro Bono Counsel
Regardless of one’s politics, it was clear that things were going to change. In no place was this more evident than in the legal community. We had to do more, faster and better, to offer frontline support to the disadvantaged and underrepresented amongst us, amid the threat of less funding and a constantly changing landscape. The public and private sectors of our legal and business communities have stepped up in a remarkable way to support our community partners and to protect foundational values, such as basic human rights, respect for the rule of law and equality before the law. I was equally impressed by the motivation of our own lawyers and staff and their increased engagement in pro bono and public service. It was not just the considerable time we spent on pro bono efforts—devoting over 57,000 attorney pro bono hours, but the passion and drive behind this time. We continued and expanded our long-standing commitment to immigrant rights, and this year’s annual report highlights a number of those efforts. We also highlight some of our extensive work to support nonprofit organizations. From LGBTQ equality and advocacy for children to a continued focus on criminal justice, pro bono at Perkins Coie was on point. We continued and expanded our longstanding commitment to immigrant rights, and this year’s annual report highlights a number of those efforts. We also highlight some of our extensive work to support nonprofit organizations. From LGBTQ equality and advocacy for children to a continued focus on criminal justice, pro bono at Perkins Coie was on point. I invite you to read about some of our key pro bono projects and hope that you will take inspiration from our clients, our attorneys and staff, and our community partners who work on the front lines to bring about positive change for individuals and communities in need.
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Immigration MAKING A MAJOR SHIFT IN U.S. IMMIGRATION POLICY, PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP ISSUED NEW TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
to the United States within weeks of taking office in January 2017, closing our nationâ€™s borders to many immigrants and refugees. The action spurred an overwhelming response from the legal community, including an array of initiatives from Perkins Coie. Given our long history of immigrant advocacy, several of these were continuations of earlier work, but many new projects commenced last year.
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A Frontline Response to New Immigration Restrictions At the Airports Immediately following the issuance of the first travel ban, many of our attorneys mobilized with legal aid organizations and grassroots groups of lawyers on the ground. They rolled up their sleeves as volunteers at airports and assisted arriving passengers, or in numerous cases their awaiting families, many of whom were in-flight when the policy changed and were unaware of the impact the changes would have.
Across the country in Washington, D.C., associate Julissa Milligan spent a day at the airport in another IRAP-organized effort, the Dulles Justice Coalition, to ensure that family members could connect with legal assistance. The information collected helped to bolster the Virginia Attorney General’s motion for a temporary restraining order prohibiting the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection from detaining or
Working beyond the nation's airports, Perkins Coie attorneys also joined frontline challenges in courtrooms. Chicago attorneys Hillary Levun and Debra Bernard were among those who answered the call for lawyers from the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) and the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, respectively, offering guidance to passengers at O’Hare International Airport.
deporting Green Card holders. And New York partner William McCabe assisted travelers at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. Several of our attorneys helped coordinate airport efforts, including Sambo (Bo) Dul with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Arizona and the Arizona
Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Gail Runnfeldt and Leah Medway with the collaborative Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Immigration Response Team, and Kristina Holm with Lawyers for Good Government in Portland.
In Court Working beyond the nation’s airports, Perkins Coie attorneys also joined frontline challenges to the executive orders on immigration in courtrooms in the state of Washington. Multiple Seattle teams stepped up to help in various litigation efforts, two of which are highlighted below. One pro bono team joined civil and immigrant rights groups in filing a nationwide class action lawsuit, Wagafe v. Trump, challenging the legality of a secret government program that implements “extreme vetting.” The complaint alleges that this secret program applies discriminatory criteria and is otherwise unconstitutional. The court granted class action status in June 2017. >
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Attorneys Geoff Robinson, left, and Cecily Barclay joined the legal community offering assistance to arriving immigrants and their families at San Francisco International Airport following the new travel restrictions.
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The class action claims that this secret program is being used to significantly delay and thus effectively deny citizenship and adjustment of status to applicants who otherwise qualify for those benefits, with a disproportionate impact on Muslims. The lawsuit also challenges the constitutionality of President Trump’s executive orders on immigration and seeks to block any other extreme vetting that the administration might impose as an updated version of the executive orders. Seattle attorneys Nick Gellert, Laura Hennessey, David Perez and Harry Schneider are leading the team, which continues to work alongside the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project and the ACLU in this case. Another Seattle-based team achieved a significant victory in Jewish Family Service of Seattle v. Trump, a case opposing President Trump’s most recent iteration of the so-called Muslim Ban. With Executive Order 13815, the government temporarily suspended refugee admissions from eleven countries, nine of which are Muslim-majority, and indefinitely suspended the “Follow-to-Join” family reunification program. Seattle lawyers David Burman, Tyler Roberts, Cristina Sepe and Lauren Staniar joined IRAP, the National Immigration Law Center, HIAS and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in filing a lawsuit on behalf of Jewish Family
We joined a class action lawsuit claiming that a secret government program implements extreme vetting of immigration applications.
Service of Seattle and other organizations and individuals to permanently enjoin the executive order and underlying memorandum it put into place. They also obtained a preliminary injunction from the district court, which found the president’s actions disrupted Congress’ carefully constructed statutory scheme for admitting refugees and that individual and organizational plaintiffs would suffer irreparable harm absent an injunction. Following the district judge’s denial of the government’s motion for reconsideration and emergency motion for stay, the government filed a notice of appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
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The Center of Excellence Launches to Advocate for Oregon’s Immigrants THE IMPACTS OF PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP’S EXECUTIVE
orders on Muslim travelers were felt nationwide. In Portland, Oregon, the pace of deportations of immigrants had already increased, with a focus on asylum-seeking families from Central America.
supported by a vast national network of experts specially trained in immigration law, asylum jurisprudence and process that is available to all volunteer attorneys. Technology bridges the physical gap between these experts and the attorneys in Oregon, and includes access to a vast information library. All case information is in a central, cloud-based case management system. Special resources, including curated expert declarations and legal templates,
There were nearly 2,000 asylum seekers in Oregon deportation courts without representation. The lack of federally appointed government counsel and the absence of organized pro bono or dedicated legal services programs created a danger in Oregon's immigration courts regarding the fair and accurate adjudication “A corporate merger without lawyers? Unthinkable. A deportation without of life-and-death asylum claims. lawyers? Happens every day.” In 2016, before the travel bans were issued, Perkins Coie began working with Stephen Manning and the Innovation Law Lab to address the representation gap and create the Oregon Center of Excellence (COE) to serve as a bridge between Oregon’s legal community and its immigrant and refugee community. With the new administration’s focus on immigration, the need for the COE became even more evident. Launched in early February 2017 with a training for over 130 volunteers, COE is the first organized pro bono program for asylum seekers in Oregon.
Helping Lawyers Help Immigrants and Refugees
are available to advocates through the system. The Massive Collaborative Representation model has experienced considerable success in the past few years.
Creating a Partnership for Access to Justice Spearheading Perkins Coie’s effort to create a brand new process for pro bono legal services for immigrants in Oregon were Portland attorney Kristina Holm, Pro Bono Counsel Leah Medway and former firm attorney Laura Kerr.
Lawyers often hesitate to take on pro bono work in the immigration field because of the complexity of immigration law. The COE uses a pro bono model called Massive Collaborative Representation to scale pro bono representation rapidly and deeply in stressful legal conditions.
The team collaborated with partner organizations: the Innovation Law Lab, Center for Gender & Refugee Studies of UC Hastings College of the Law, Catholic Legal Immigration Network and the Oregon Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
Providing a deep wealth of resources to pro bono attorneys ensures that attorneys feel supported and that every meritorious case wins, every time. Lawyers collaborate by sharing information, strategy, tactics and talent with each other and allied advocates. Lawyers who take on cases are
Since establishing the COE, Perkins Coie has played an active role, which has included recruiting attorneys throughout Oregon, assisting in the development of training and fundraising efforts, and directly representing clients. Further, the firm has provided financial support to the COE.
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RESPONSE TO OREGON IMMIGRANT REPRESENTATION GAP
2,000 ASYLUM-SEEKING FAMILIES IN OREGON DEPORTATION COURTS WITHOUT REPRESENTATION
CENTER OF EXCELLENCE ESTABLISHED IN OREGON
CLOUD-BASED INFORMATION LIBRARY DEVELOPED
130+ VOLUNTEER ATTORNEYS TRAINED
Perkins Coie partners with Innovation Law Lab to create Center of Excellence
Pro bono attorneys access legal templates, case management system and a network of experts in immigration law and asylum jurisprudence
Center of Excellence supports pro bono attorneys and fills the gap in representation of immigrant families
The creation of the COE has filled a huge representation gap in Oregon. Before the COE, asylum seekers in Oregon frequently were without legal counsel. In recognition of the COE’s pioneering mission and early effectiveness, the Financial Times ranked Perkins Coie as a standout for Rule of Law and Access to Justice in its 2017 North America Innovative Lawyers Report. In addition, the team that helped create and oversee the COE received the firm's 2017 Pro Bono Leadership Project/Team Award. (See page 41.)
The Financial Times 2017 North America Innovative Lawyers Report ranked Perkins Coie as a standout in Rule of Law and Access to Justice for the pioneering mission and early effectiveness of the Center of Excellence.
As Stephen Manning, the founder and executive director of our COE partner Innovation Law Lab, told the Financial Times, “A corporate merger without lawyers? Unthinkable. A deportation without lawyers? Happens every day.” In 2017, that changed for asylum seekers in Oregon, as they gained access to a network of trained and dedicated attorneys.
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Righting a U.S. Citizen’s Wrongful Detention While making a purchase in a Southern California construction supply store in the summer of 2016, a landscaper and contract construction worker, Sergio Carrillo, received a call from an unknown person who refused to identify himself. A few minutes later, two agents wearing black vests labeled The legal team’s investigation revealed that Carrillo’s arrest “POLICE” approached Carrillo in the parking lot and said they was premised upon a complete absence of information in the wanted to question him. Refusing to give him any information U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) notoriously other than their belief that he was in the country illegally, the inaccurate and incomplete databases indicating that he was officers placed Carrillo under arrest and transported him to another part Our team and the ACLU filed a civil rights action and ultimately negotiated a of the parking lot, where two other $20,000 settlement for our wrongly detained client. officers were waiting—one of whom was wearing a uniform reading “Department of Homeland Security.” in the country illegally. After our team and the ACLU filed a civil rights action against the United States and the individual Carrillo, who was born in Mexico but became a U.S. citizen officers in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of more than 20 years ago, told the officers that they had California, we ultimately negotiated a $20,000 settlement the wrong person and that he was a citizen. The officers for Carrillo. responded that they believed he was in the United States illegally and proceeded to search him without his consent. Since 2002, ICE has wrongly identified at least 2,840 United States citizens as possibly eligible for deportation and Despite repeatedly telling officers about his U.S. citizenship, more than 200 were taken into custody for a period of time, Carrillo was processed at a facility in downtown Los Angeles according to the Los Angeles Times. and then relocated to Adelanto Detention Center in California, where he remained for three and a half days. According to Anthony, “What happened to our client, a citizen of this country, was unconscionable. Holding the government Brought in by the ACLU of Southern California, Los Angeles accountable for its egregious actions is important as these attorney Tyler Anthony and former firm attorney Michael kinds of injustices are occurring across the nation.” Garfinkel took the case.
Attorney Tyler Anthony, right, in Los Angeles, helped his client Sergio Carillo, a U.S. citizen, successfully challenge ICE for detaining him for possible deportation.
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BY ICE FOR DEPORTATION SINCE 2002 Los Angeles Times
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Prevailing for Iraqi Detainee on Hunger Strike
WORKING WITH OUR LONGTIME ALLY, THE ACLU, AS
part of our broader effort to protect the rights of immigrants, a Perkins Coie team from the Phoenix office persuaded the District of Arizona in July 2017 not to give ICE authority to forcibly end the hunger strike by client Louis Akwari, one of many Iraqi Chaldean Christian detainees being held in the Florence Correctional Center. Akwari was one of some 1,144 Iraqi nationals detained in an ICE sweep. The Eastern District of Michigan has enjoined their removal because of the threat of persecution, torture or execution upon their return. Our Phoenix attorneys interviewed approximately three dozen of the Iraqi detainees to help assess their cases and advise them regarding potential forms of relief. Through these visits, we learned of Akwari and his situation. Akwari, 68, fled Iraq in 1968 after a failed attempt to overthrow the Ba’ath Party. Most of his fellow detained Chaldeans are considerably younger, and he committed himself to tutoring them on avoiding capture upon their anticipated return. After being separated from his group, Akwari began a hunger strike. After he went a week without taking food or water, the
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United States filed suit, seeking a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction authorizing ICE to forcefeed him. The government claimed that Akwari’s rights to expressive conduct and substantive due process must yield to ICE’s interest in penal order, a novel issue in the ICE detainee context. At a hearing held two weeks into our client’s hunger strike, the government’s expert conceded that Akwari’s agreement to take liquid nourishment sufficiently mitigated the risk of imminent death or severe injury under any potentially applicable balancing standard. The judge agreed that it would be premature to grant ICE the right to force-feed Akwari if his health later declined. The matter drew considerable press coverage in both Arizona and Michigan. Our Phoenix team included attorneys Daniel Barr, Joshua Boehm, Bo Dul, Katherine May and Christopher Thomas and staff member Marla Mercier. Their work with the ACLU continues with preparation for additional litigation should the Eastern District of Michigan’s nationwide injunction against removing detainees to Iraq expire.
Release from ICE Detention for Dreamer in Oregon AS STRONG SUPPORTERS OF THE DEFERRED ACTION FOR
Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program since it began in 2012, Perkins Coie represented a DACA recipient who was detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials. ICE officials detained Emmanuel Ayala-Frutos, 21, at his Portland home in March 2017, and then quickly moved him to the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington. They refused to provide him with necessary medication and a wheelchair for three days despite his acute mental and physical health needs, which included his two fractured legs after being struck by a car and a diagnosed mental health condition. Perkins Coie was brought in to help Ayala-Frutos by a frequent nonprofit partner, the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP). Seattle and Portland team members included lawyers Nick Hesterberg, Kristina Holm and former firm attorney Jo Perini-Abbott. Staff support came from Elaine Cherry and Freddie Mahaffey. In this collaborative effort, which included Tim Warden-Hertz and Alison Hollenbeck of NWIRP, we moved for our client’s release on humanitarian grounds. We then coordinated with our client’s family and a media team, including people from the ACLU of Oregon and Basic Rights Oregon, to mobilize a grassroots effort to put pressure on ICE to release Ayala-Frutos. Following 18 days of detention, our client was released in April 2017. His legal team is addressing his legal status and trying to prevent his deportation.
A humanitarian plea helped to secure the release of DACA recipient Emmanuel Ayala-Frutos, center, after 18 days of ICE detention, and highlighted the plight of many Dreamers.
Noting the broader importance of his client’s case, Hesterberg said, “The outpouring of support from community members and elected officials helped draw media attention not only to Emmanuel’s situation, but to the plight of other Dreamers like him who are unfairly being targeted for deportation from the country they call home.”
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From Limbo to Certainty: Supporting Immigrants on the Military Front Line
AS A YOUNG GIRL IN INDIA, MEGHANA GOPABHAT
Madhusudhan dreamed of joining NASA and becoming an astronaut. In pursuit of her dream, Madhusudhan entered the United States with a student visa to earn a master’s degree in electrical engineering at California State University, Long Beach, interned at a drone startup in Ohio and began private pilot training. She had long wanted to join the U.S. military as a pilot, but was unable to do so without a Green Card.
urged her to apply for deferred action, which in effect notified immigration authorities that her legal status to remain in the United States would expire.
A Life in Limbo Months after she had enlisted, the government began to withdraw from the promises it had made to recruits like Madhusudhan. By the fall of 2016, the Army had ceased shipping recruits to basic training. With her application pending for deferred action and no date to start her military service, Madhusudhan was forced to live in limbo, virtually
That changed after Madhusudhan learned about the Military Accessions Vital to National Interest (MAVNI) program. MAVNI was designed to attract noncitizens with critical foreign language skills or medical training Many MAVNI applicants cannot obtain work permits to support themselves, into enlisting in the U.S. military, with nor meet basic legal responsibilities, such as renewing driver’s licenses. the promise of an expedited path to citizenship after enlistment. For under house arrest and dependent on others to support 10 years, the MAVNI program has successfully recruited her—she was unable to renew her student visa, lease an thousands of talented individuals into the military. apartment or work legally. After enlisting in the United States Army under MAVNI in “I possess essential technical skills and expertise in robotics/ April 2016, a recruiter told Madhusudhan not to worry about image processing and language skills which could prove maintaining her immigration or work status, which was beneficial to the U.S. military. I want to fight for my adoptive set to expire before her basic training began. Her recruiter
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country, which has been home for the past four years, and contribute to this great nation,” explained Madhusudhan. We learned that Madhusudhan’s “purgatory plight” was not a unique experience among MAVNI applicants when former Superior Court Judge Beverly Cutler in Palmer, Alaska, approached her brother, Denver attorney Norton Cutler, and Perkins Coie to represent Madhusudhan and nearly 50 other bright, determined young immigrants. During recruitment, recruiters promised our clients that they could apply for citizenship under an expedited naturalization process once they shipped to basic training. Through our representation, we have learned that the Army has been repeatedly slow in sending our clients to basic training. As a result, many have lost their lawful immigration status and are at risk of being deported. In addition, they cannot obtain work permits to support themselves and are unable to meet basic legal responsibilities such as renewing driver’s licenses.
Madhusudhan. She expressed her gratitude to her legal team by saying, “After nearly a year of uncertainty and deprivation, I now work at L.L. Bean as a sales rep with a master’s degree in electrical engineering! I am optimistically awaiting for better, staying focused in aiming to do America proud while I wait to ship out to Army basic training and become the next generation of American astronaut.” At the time of publication, we are proud to have 43 of the 50 clients, as well as additional MAVNI applicants we continue to represent, no longer under imminent danger of deportation. The team is optimistic about its ability to help more MAVNI applicants go from limbo to greater security. According to Norton Cutler, “Helping this motivated and hopeful next American generation cut through the red tape and military bureaucracy to sacrifice themselves for our nation is not only an honor but an inspiration.”
Taking on Homeland Security and Citizenship and Immigration Services Perkins Coie assembled a cross-office team that, in addition to Norton Cutler, includes Washington, D.C. attorneys Donald Friedman and Gina Kim, New York attorney Laura Mujenda and Denver paralegal Debra Howerton. Our legal team filed a civil suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in September 2017 to compel the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services to properly and timely process applications for deferred action for our 20 original clients. Deferred action would protect our clients from deportation or removal and enable them to apply for work authorization until they are called to basic training. Since filing the initial complaint, our pro bono team has been working closely with the U.S. Department of Justice to secure deferred action for 16 of the 20 initial clients, including
“I want to fight for my adoptive country … and contribute to this great nation,” said Meghana Gopabhat Madhusdhan. She is one of 50 MAVNI applicants we represented to help reduce their imminent risk of deportation.
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An International Response to a Global Crisis AS THE REFUGEE CRISIS IN SOUTHEASTERN EUROPE
unfolded in 2016, Perkins Coie helped a new nongovernmental entity, Advocates Abroad, set up and begin offering aid to refugees and asylum seekers in camps in Greece and Turkey. Created in response to the massive humanitarian crisis triggered by more than 64,000 asylum seekers waiting in limbo in Greek camps and reception centers, Advocates Abroad operates in Greece, Turkey, Switzerland and Northern Italy. Advocates Abroad fields teams that can provide reliable, timely and accurate legal aid. They also offer training so that lawyers can help asylum seekers by working remotely to prepare the paperwork and address other requirements needed to work through the complex system.
seekers and refugees, and it assists individuals whose applications are working through the established appeals process, and with family reunification and similar issues.
Shoring Up the Legal and Financial Foundation Attorneys worldwide have heeded the organization’s call for help. Advocates Abroad has been assisted by attorneys based in the United States, Europe, Syria, Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, Israel and other countries. Denver attorney Craig Allely is among the volunteers.
“The task facing refugees, who have left everything they have behind, is absolutely daunting.”
In addition, Advocates Abroad responds to and reports human rights abuses and other legal violations inflicted upon asylum
Allely provided advice and assistance in incorporating Advocates Abroad as a U.S.-based 501(c)(3) organization so that it could receive tax-deductible contributions to help fund its work. Allely is a known figure in the international aid community for his previous work with refugee assistance programs, including the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, World Food Program and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in connection with refugees and asylum seekers in Malaysia and Bosnia. Allely created the corporate documents, successfully completing the necessary IRS application forms and documents. In June 2017, Advocates Abroad gained tax-exempt status. “The task facing refugees, who have left everything they have behind, is absolutely daunting,” says Allely. “It is a privilege to be able to help address their plight and hopefully ease their path to a more secure future.”
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Our clients’ journeys to the United States are typically marked by years of extreme hardship, physical risks and emotional turmoil. We have helped a steady stream of new arrivals in 2017 gain security through immigration for clients fleeing strife in Mexico, Cameroon and Guatemala.
Securing Asylum and Other Immigration Relief ONE OF THE GREATEST ACHIEVEMENTS OF PERKINS COIE’S
pro bono program is helping immigrants obtain asylum and other forms of immigration relief. Our clients’ journeys to the United States are typically marked by years of extreme hardship, physical risks and emotional turmoil. We have helped a steady stream of new arrivals gain security through immigration relief over the years, including in 2017 for clients fleeing strife in Mexico, Cameroon and Guatemala. In New York, Perkins Coie represented a transgender woman, who fled violence and police abuse in Mexico when she was 20 years old, in her bid to obtain asylum. The case raised complex legal issues, as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has yet to acknowledge eligibility for asylum on the basis of transgender status. A Perkins Coie pro bono team prepared a 45-page brief arguing for multiple grounds of protection and submitted over 600 pages of corroborating evidence. At trial, the judge ruled for our client after only five minutes of questioning by the government. Our client is now free to live in the United States indefinitely. New York attorney Matthew Moffa was trial counsel on the case, and winning asylum marked the culmination of a fiveyear commitment to his client. Moffa was assisted at the firm by attorneys Richard Ross and Laura Mujenda, and staff Millie Garcia, Joanna Rivera and Noreen Ahern.
In San Diego, attorney John Esterhay prepared a successful asylum application and handled the merits hearing, with supervision from attorney Joseph Reid, for an Anglophone man from Cameroon. Imprisoned and tortured for protesting the Francophone government and facing indefinite detention, our client managed to escape prison and cross the U.S. border at Tijuana. With the granting of asylum, our client has restarted his life in the United States. His case was referred by Casa Cornelia Law Center. A third pro bono team secured a winning decision from an immigration judge in Arizona for a 41-year-old Guatemalan woman who fled her severely abusive common-law husband. Our client’s case was made more challenging as she was ineligible for asylum, forcing us to seek relief in the form of withholding of removal under the Immigration and Nationality Act and the Convention against Torture, a process with a higher burden of proof. The successful Phoenix team included attorneys Kendra Haar and Bo Dul, paralegal Eric Sisson, and staff Susan Carnall and Lisa Mazza. Following a referral from the Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project in 2010, the Perkins Coie team began working on the case and were unrelenting advocates over the next six years, which included several appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals.
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Seeds of an Immigrant Justice PLAN Take Root in Phoenix DRAWING UPON HER CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCE OF
fleeing the violence and aftermath of the Khmer Rouge genocide and entering the United States as a young refugee, Phoenix lawyer Bo Dul has demonstrated tremendous leadership and commitment in her work helping immigrants and refugees in the Southwestern United States. In 2017, in large measure as a response to the shifting immigration landscape, Dul helped start the Phoenix Legal Action Network (PLAN) and its Justice for Immigrants & Families Project. The Perkins Coie Foundation has committed to providing $150,000 in seed funding to the project. PLAN, now a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, is a volunteer network of attorneys dedicated to increasing and improving access to justice and pro bono legal services for both low-income community members and community
organizations in the Phoenix area. Although the area is home to a very large number of immigrants, no local organization focused on representing immigrants in the community who were not detained. PLAN’s new project seeks to increase access to justice for immigrant families in Maricopa County facing deportation. The firm’s donation funds a full-time staff attorney for the project for two years, enabling PLAN to partner with existing organizations—including the Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project, which serves detained immigrants—to reduce the huge legal services gap for immigrant families in Phoenix. Dul has initiated and been instrumental in founding several refugee advocacy groups since her undergraduate days at Arizona State University, which recognized her work and contributions to Arizona’s immigrant communities with its 2018 Founders’ Day Young Alumni Achievement Award. She also received the prestigious Judge Learned Hand Emerging Leadership Award from the Arizona Region of the American Jewish Committee in 2017, which recognizes a lawyer practicing 12 years or less who has demonstrated a commitment to the values of public service. “As there has been for many times throughout our history, there is a lot of harsh rhetoric and hysteria these days about immigrants and refugees emigrating to the United States,” Phoenix attorney Dan Barr said. “Through her words and deeds every day, Bo Dul answers that harsh rhetoric by showing us all the best that we can be. Perkins Coie is proud to support the new Justice for Immigrants & Families Project and further expand our pro bono work on behalf of immigrants.”
Counsel Bo Dul, far right, received Arizona State University’s Founders’ Day Young Alumni Achievement Award for her immigration pro bono work, from, left to right, Rick Dircks, Chair of ASU Founders’ Day, Dr. Christine Wilkinson, ASU Sr. VP and President/CEO of ASU Alumni Association, and Dr. Michael Crow, ASU President.
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Preparing for a New Immigration Reality CONFUSION WAS ONE OF THE MANY CONSEQUENCES
of the nation’s abrupt change in immigration policy, and Perkins Coie participated in legal clinics across the country to help immigrant pro bono clients clarify—and prepare for—the new reality. Attorneys in the Chicago office volunteered to prepare immigrant families for the possibility of detention or deportation. Attorney Joseph Blumberg participated in a family preparedness workshop, the first pro bono clinic of its kind for Community Activism Law Alliance, which was co-organized with the Muslim Bar Association of Chicago in March 2017. Blumberg and other volunteer attorneys prepared and helped execute emergency guardianship and power of attorney documents for immigrants that would allow another person to take charge of their children and assets if they are detained or deported. With experience in this legal area as an associate in our Trust & Estate Planning practice, Blumberg quickly became a supervisor, document reviewer and catch-all, personally meeting with and reviewing the documents for every client who came through the clinic. “These were all Spanish-speaking clients, so it was particularly interesting, challenging and rewarding to be able to provide this type of help, and even dust off my survival Spanish,” Blumberg said. “Luckily we had about 20 bilingual high school students in the pre-law program at Hancock High School to serve as our interpreters. So there was the added value of working side-by-side with a 15-yearold aspiring lawyer on real legal matters.”
Joining efforts to staff a naturalization clinic in rural Northern California are, left to right, attorney Sunny Tsou and summer associates Anu Dhillon and Rachel Vinson.
Perkins Coie attorneys Pam Berkowitz, Gina Gray and Sandra Newman joined the effort at subsequent clinics, and collectively with Blumberg they assisted 45 families with their immediate legal concerns. In another clinic sponsored by OneJustice and the Rural Justice Naturalization Clinic in Bay Point, California, San Francisco associate Sunny Tsou and two summer associates, Rachel Vinson and Anu Dhillon, assisted clients with naturalization issues. Not only did the law students gain some valuable legal experience, but their clients, who live in isolated communities, were relieved to have made progress in their bid to become residents and citizens of the United States.
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Seattle DACA Clinics Hosted
WA National Ranking as Home to DACA Recipients
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Paralegals and Legal Practice Assistants Shine in Pro Bono Support In many immigration matters, paralegal volunteers with the ability to interpret and translate are some of the most valued team members. They work alongside attorneys to help the many clients who seek asylum or other forms of immigration relief, as they interpret at meetings with clients during the information-gathering process. Paralegals also translate documents such as medical reports, birth certificates, police reports, court documents and relevant news articles from the home countries of asylum applicants, many of whom are seeking refuge from violence, abuse and persecution in areas of Central America. “I like learning about the nuts and bolts of my cases and understanding why a particular client qualifies for asylum versus anybody else,” said Rosa Ravelo, a senior paralegal in the Commercial Litigation practice in Chicago. She provides translation and interpretation services on pro bono immigration work.
Connecting Across Cultures As the daughter of immigrants from Mexico, Ravelo grew up speaking Spanish at home and was placed in a bilingual class when she entered elementary school. “At the time, I attributed it as a negative. As I grew older, I learned it wasn’t a negative; it was a positive. I learned that there was a great need for Spanish speakers.” Her fluency in Spanish has come into play at Perkins Coie as well as at many of her jobs before joining the firm 10 years ago, including as a legal assistant clerk in the Chicago Immigration Court and as a paralegal in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois. Ravelo’s skills have become even more in demand in recent years. In 2017, she began working with asylum applicants when our Chicago office partnered with the National Immigrant Justice Center to take on a number of cases. Paralegals bring not only language skills but an understanding of a client’s culture, such as understanding what it means to be abused in a culture that doesn’t recognize abuse. Our
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paralegals work to get the right information for the attorneys to make proper declarations and to get it from a client in a sensitive way. And while these cases can be tough, it’s often the paralegals who get to deliver the good news at the end. One of our clients, a young Salvadoran, did an actual backflip in court and screamed with joy after a paralegal told her that her bid for asylum was successful.
Volunteers Answering a Need In Seattle, Trust & Estate Planning practice senior paralegal Jane Frissell has supported our attorneys with Spanish translation and interpreting in their immigration cases through the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project and Kids in Need of Defense. In addition to her work on pro bono cases, she also visits immigrants detained in the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington. Frissell has also used her French and Creole language skills to assist immigration clients. Several of the firm’s Spanish-speaking paralegals also serve as volunteers on the immigration raid hotline launched by the Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network, a confidential phone hotline that people in Washington can access to document, corroborate and respond to immigration enforcement activities. In addition, a number of our legal practice assistants and other staff members have stepped up to lend a hand with
immigrant youth. And Phoenix LPA Susan Frietz has been invaluable in assisting our Arizona attorneys representing immigrant victims of domestic violence Paralegals bring not only language skills but an understanding of a client’s and more, as well as in supporting the families directly. (See page 41.) culture, such as understanding what it means to be abused in a culture
their language skills. For example, Seattle legal practice assistant Brooke Harkness provided critical assistance to an
that doesn’t recognize abuse. attorney representing a Spanish-speaking domestic violence survivor in a complex case to obtain protection and custody. She has also assisted attorneys representing unaccompanied
While many firm attorneys have foreign language skills, our committed legal staff members bring a unique and critical level of support to our clients that astounds us and for which we are very grateful.
SUSAN FRIETZ | LEGAL PRACTICE ASSISTANT
BROOKE HARKNESS | LEGAL PRACTICE ASSISTANT
ROSA ROVELLO | SENIOR PARALEGAL
JANE FRISSELL | SENIOR PARALEGAL
TRUST & ESTATE PLANNING
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Nonprofits and Community Economic Development NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS SERVE ON THE FRONT LINES OF OUR COMMUNITIES TO PROVIDE A WIDE ARRAY OF
services that many members of society need yet cannot afford. Perkins Coie attorneys advise our nonprofit community partners in their business-related legal needs so they can operate successfully, fulfill their missions and focus on the needs of the clients they serve. Our transactional attorneys also provide advice and counsel to low-income individuals launching their own businesses and striving to improve their own lives. Through our pro bono service to these clients, we help to encourage community economic development.
2018 SPECIAL OLYMPICS USA GAMES HOST CITY | SEATTLE, WASHINGTON
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Getting Ready for the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games When the more than 4,000 athletes and coaches expected to participate in the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games take their marks in July, all eyes will also be on the host city, Seattle. We are proud to have played a role in supporting this national sports competition that showcases the abilities of athletes with intellectual disabilities and celebrates inclusion for all. An event of this magnitude requires years of preparation, and each time the event is held, a new local organizing committee must be established. In November 2015, Bellevue partner Jason Kuzma did just that—he formed a nonprofit corporation and, most importantly, helped it obtain 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. This was critical to allow our client to go about the vital task of fundraising. Perkins Coie has continued working with the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games organizers in the months running up to the games, assisting them with
agreements for licensing, vendors and sponsorships. Additional areas of counsel included financings, and Bellevue partner Philip Thompson assisted with personnel and volunteer matters.
plus our clients are sophisticated and smart. You can’t beat it!” Kuzma expects to continue his pro bono work with the nonprofit organization postgames through wind down, and hopes
In the months running up to the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games, we assisted organizers with agreements for licensing, vendors and sponsorships. Kuzma is thrilled to have been able to help, remembering a staff member in Bellevue who was a state champion in a Special Olympics swimming event. “It’s a good cause and good for Seattle,
there will be surplus funds he can help the group hand down to the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games.
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NONPROFITS AND COMMUNITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Preserving a Nonprofit’s Critical Mission WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A NONPROFIT HELPING THE
most at-risk youth finds its own existence at risk? In the case of Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development, help came in the form of a Chapter 11 restructuring that we led to a positive conclusion for the more than 40-year-old Arizona service provider. Tumbleweed provided temporary and transitional housing and critical life services to Arizona’s homeless youth, who faced physical abuse, emotional abuse, rape or molestation, sex trafficking, and overt rejection by their families based on sexual orientation. The Phoenix-area nonprofit offered immediate survival and housing, safety from the dangers of the street, and support and counseling for the transition to independence and adulthood.
After a series of managerial changes and strategic missteps, including over-spending grants from federal, state and local governmental entities, Tumbleweed’s operations—and the interests of more than 200 at-risk youth—were in dire jeopardy. Starting in December 2016, Phoenix attorney Jordan Kroop enlisted help from Chicago attorney Yasamin Oloomi to implement a Chapter 11 strategy to protect Tumbleweed’s operations from imminent cessation. They used a Chapter 11 filing to stabilize Tumbleweed’s operations with short-term operational funding provided by UMOM New Day Centers, Inc., another Phoenix-area nonprofit with a similar mission. Our client then pursued a transaction under which UMOM would acquire substantially all of Tumbleweed’s ongoing programs. By May 2017, UMOM’s acquisition of Tumbleweed was complete without any interruption in services to Tumbleweed’s vulnerable clients. For the remainder of 2017, Tumbleweed pursued bankruptcy court–approved sales of its remaining non-operating assets to retire its long-term secured debt obligations to Wells Fargo Bank and other lenders and, ultimately, to generate several hundred thousand dollars to be used to fund recoveries for Tumbleweed’s unsecured creditors. Reflecting on the complexity of the Chapter 11, Kroop said, “Like any reorganization for an operating entity, this process was beset with challenges, made even more complicated by the involvement of more than a dozen federal and state governmental agencies. But we never wavered from our commitment to ensure that the children in Tumbleweed’s care would never see their safety or their futures jeopardized because of financial distress. We are immensely gratified by the results we were able to achieve.”
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Using Lawyering Skills for Good FOR A NONPROFIT, THE DEPTH OF AVAILABLE RESOURCES
can make or break its success. In our pro bono representation of Chicago Cares, which functions as a one-stop shop for Chicago’s nonprofits and volunteers seeking ways to support positive change, we helped deepen and strengthen an organization vital to the Second City. Chicago attorneys John Schreiner and Dawson Price helped to complete the merger of Chicago Cares and WomenOnCall, an organization that matches women lawyers, accountants, human resources specialists and other professionals with
nonprofits in need of those services. We drafted and negotiated a Program Assignment Agreement for the two nonprofits, which led to its emergence as a program within Chicago Cares called Skills for Good. Chicago Cares co-founder Leslie Bluhm told Crain’s Chicago Business about the significance of the merger, “By combining forces, we will be able to enhance our efforts to build the capacity of local nonprofit organizations while bringing people together across lines of difference through the volunteer experience.”
An Unlikely and Hopeful Outcome for a Bay Area Nonprofit A PRO BONO REAL ESTATE TEAM FROM THE FIRM’S
San Francisco office assisted Mission Child Care Consortium on the purchase of its child care facility. Mission Child Care Consortium is a 30-plus-year neighborhood institution serving over 220 low-income families in the San Francisco Excelsior District. When the consortium was threatened by rising rents and possible displacement, Perkins Coie represented Mission Child Care Consortium in the purchase and financing of the building to establish a permanent home for the center. Perkins Coie
partner Allan Low led a team of attorneys—Jacob Aronson, Kathryn Bilder Jackson, Michelle Chan and Paul Navarro— in closing the purchase of the property for our client. The San Francisco Chronicle called the successful purchase “an unlikely outcome for a city grappling to keep its nonprofits.” Rent for San Francisco office space has more than doubled in the past 10 years. According to the Chronicle, almost one-quarter of nonprofits in San Francisco had to leave the city or shut down from 2011 through 2013. “It was a definite ‘feel good’ moment and reminded me that we work at a pretty special firm,” Low said about the work and recognition the team received during the recent ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by then-Mayor Ed Lee. Perkins Coie collaborated with an array of partners in securing a permanent home for the consortium, including Supervisor Ahsha Safai, the Low Income Investment Fund, the Mayor’s Office of Community Development and the Hellman Foundation and Haas foundations.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrated San Francisco’s Mission Child Care Consortium’s purchase of its building and securing its future. Attorney Allan Low, second row, far right, led the purchase and finance deal.
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NONPROFITS AND COMMUNITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Reconnecting with Low-Income Entrepreneurs and Artists CALIFORNIA LAWYERS FOR THE ARTS (CLA) IS A NONPROFIT
organization whose mission is to empower the creative community by providing education, representation and dispute resolution services. CLA, in conjunction with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), is the administrator in five western states of a program created under the 2011 America Invents Act to assist financially under-resourced independent inventors and small businesses. This program, named the California Inventors Assistance Program, refers patent pro bono matters to participating law firms. CLA has also been operating a California State Bar Certified Legal Referral & Information Service since 1974, connecting the creative arts community with qualified pro bono attorneys who can help resolve their legal issues. Historically, our intellectual property attorneys have taken on a few pro bono matters through CLA, primarily supervised by Palo Alto attorney Brian Coleman, on top of considerable other IP work they have done through other local programs.
We have also worked with similar pro bono patent applicant referral organizations in Denver and Seattle. In 2017, however, San Diego intellectual property attorney Kevin Patariu re-engaged the firm with CLA across three California offices. Over a dozen Perkins Coie attorneys and staff have worked on matters referred by CLA that span patent prosecution, trademark prosecution, copyright infringement disputes, corporate formation, contracts and other legal issues. “Helping entrepreneurs and artists realize their dreams and goals has been personally and professionally rewarding,” said Patariu. His concerted efforts with CLA, detailed on page 40, have helped cash-strapped inventors and artists, as well as boosted pro bono participation in several offices. “The enthusiasm shown by our attorneys and staff to help those in need in the creative community is outstanding. We look forward to continuing our partnership with California Lawyers for the Arts.”
(left to right) Partner Kevin Patariu guided the firm’s re-engagement with CLA, which included collaboration with Bob Pimm, CLA’s Chief Learning Officer & Director of Legal Services, and partners Bing Ai, Ph.D. and Babach Tehranchi, Ph.D.
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Kudos to Our Champion of Pro Bono Nonprofit Counsel A TOUCHPOINT FOR ALMOST EVERY NONPROFIT-RELATED
pro bono matter that comes in the firm’s door is Lorri Dunsmore, co-chair of Perkins Coie’s Tax-Exempt Organizations practice. She was honored with the 2017 ABA Business Law Section’s National Public Service Award for her extraordinary pro bono contributions to nonprofit organizations.
The National Public Service Award recognizes significant pro bono legal contributions of individual business lawyers, law firms and corporate law departments that demonstrate a commitment to providing services to the poor in a business context. In a single year, Dunsmore provided guidance to nearly 50 organizations with missions that range from fitness classes to underserved youth to the battle against human trafficking. The Seattle-based partner serves in a leadership role on the Washington State Bar Association Nonprofit Committee, helping the committee review and revise Washington state’s nonprofit statute. Dunsmore also recently joined the board of, and is a frequent speaker for, Wayfind. She facilitates a close partnership between Perkins Coie and the provider of access to free legal services for microenterprises and nonprofits. Wayfind honored Dunsmore in summer 2017 with its distinguished Andy Guy Pro Bono Leadership Award, recognizing her commitment to pro bono service and leadership in the nonprofit legal community.
Partner Lorri Dunsmore, center, received recognition for pro bono leadership from Wayfind’s executive director, Jodi Nishioka, left, and Kate Holman, executive director of Upower, one of Lorri’s nonprofit pro bono clients.
Partnering with Clients for Nonprofit Advocacy powerful partnerships, which is the focus of Wayfind, a longtime partner of the firm, as noted above. Wayfind provides free business legal services to Washington nonprofits that cannot afford to pay for legal services, with the aim of enabling nonprofits to help strengthen their communities.
ensure continued compliance with state and federal laws. As part of the Nonprofit Advocates Program, the cohort of Amazon and Perkins Coie attorneys participated in CLE trainings and coaching sessions led by attorneys Lorri Dunsmore and Tony McCormick, Pro Bono Counsel Leah Medway and Wayfind attorney Brenda Tausch Lapora.
In 2017, six Perkins Coie lawyers from Seattle paired up with six lawyers from Amazon, as part of Wayfind’s Nonprofit Advocates Program. Each pair of lawyers committed to help two organizations form and apply for tax-exempt status, and one additional nonprofit with a legal health checkup to
The program is a win-win in assisting nonprofit organizations and training firm and in-house lawyers to address nonprofit matters. Participating Seattle lawyers include David McShea, Justin Moon, Trevor Lovell, Jamie Johnson, Robert Saka and Chris Wieman.
TRANSFORMING A COMMUNITY OFTEN REQUIRES
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NONPROFITS AND COMMUNITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
In Celebration of the Nordic Spirit ENVIED FOR THE HIGH QUALITY OF LIFE THEIR CITIZENS
enjoy, Sweden, Norway and other Nordic countries, as well as their immigrants such as labor organizer Joe Hill and entrepreneur John W. Nordstrom, have had a tremendous influence in the United States. Seattle’s Nordic Museum has been collecting, preserving and sharing art that demonstrates the values, traditions and spirit of the Nordic people since 1980. The museum broke ground on a new 57,000-square-foot home in the Seattle neighborhood of Ballard in 2016, pushing through a process marked by several challenges, most notably a 13-year fundraising effort during the Great Recession. Another potential obstacle for the museum arose in spring 2017, when the City of Seattle announced that its preferred route for the missing link of Seattle’s Burke-Gilman Trail no longer crossed at the south of their new museum site, where the city had obtained a trail easement. The new route, along Market Street at the main entrance to the building, created several major wrinkles in the near-final museum designs and permit pathways. Any project delay would create significant impacts. In addition to the typical development cost increases and lost business revenues, switching the opening date would create a public diplomacy headache. The Crown Prince and Princess of Denmark and other royals and senior-level officials from all five Nordic countries have pledged their attendance at the grand opening in May 2018.
Seattle’s new Nordic Museum is the largest museum in the United States to honor the legacy of immigrants from the five Nordic countries. Perkins Coie helped keep the major development project on track for its May 2018 opening.
The museum broke ground on a new 57,000-square-foot home, pushing
A combined Bellevue-Seattle Perkins Coie through a process marked by several challenges. pro bono team jumped in to help keep this important project in motion. Real Estate and Land Use practice attorney Kristine on property tax matters for the nonprofit organization, and Wilson and environment, energy and natural resources attorney Graehm Wallace helped the museum on the attorneys Julie Wilson-McNerney and Ryan Thomas front end of the development with construction advice. negotiated an agreement with the city to keep the project Says Wilson, “We’re pleased to have helped keep the new and its permits on track, and worked to amend the city’s building’s opening on schedule for May 2018 and to avoid an easement. In addition, attorney Gregg Barton weighed in international diplomatic fiasco. Skål!”
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A Victory for Planned Parenthood PLANNED PARENTHOOD MAR MONTE IS THE NATION’S
largest Planned Parenthood affiliate, serving more than 200,000 primarily low-income women, men and children every year in California and northern Nevada. Planned Parenthood sought a conditional use permit for a small clinic in South San Francisco, which had no community healthcare clinics and high need. After significant controversy, the city issued the permit. Project opponents sued, making the novel argument that reasonably foreseeable First Amendment activity outside the clinic would result in significant environmental impacts, and that those significant impacts constituted “unusual circumstances” that invalidated the city’s reliance on categorical exemptions from the California Environmental Quality Act.
After Planned Parenthood contacted San Francisco partner Cecily Barclay, who had worked with one of its board members, a San Francisco pro bono team of land use attorneys, including Michelle Chan, Chris Chou, Julie Jones, Steve Kostka, Chris Parker and Barbara Schussman, successfully defended Planned Parenthood and the city in both the superior court and the California Court of Appeal. In summer 2017, the South San Francisco clinic opened, providing, in the words of the management team, “a new health center to provide services to people who would otherwise be without healthcare.”
Protecting a Nonprofit’s Goodwill Reputation in the O.C. ACCESS TO MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES IS AN INCREASINGLY
discussed issue in the aftermath of mass violence and national tragedies. We were proud to work with one nonprofit focused on mental health in Orange County, California—Western Youth Services, which serves 150,000 children affected by mental illness in their area. One major threat to a nonprofit’s success is the possibility that others might try to pass themselves off as the organization and capitalize on its goodwill. Trademark registration gives a nonprofit an additional cause of action during the enforcement of a trademark. It also makes it easier for an organization to continue building on its goodwill, license and mark. San Diego attorney Kevin Kantharia and Palo Alto attorney Ai-Tang (Irene) Chang represented Western Youth Services in its trademark application, which included a preliminary search and consultations regarding what rights their client may secure in California. We eventually secured registration of four trademarks for Western Youth Services, which can now turn its focus back to its mission of advocating for a positive mental health foundation for children.
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Briefs In addition to our featured work in the areas of immigration and nonprofit organizations, Perkins Coie’s pro bono program addresses a wide spectrum of issues nationwide every year. A brief summary of some of our client outcomes offers a sample of our commitment on the front line of pro bono needs, both in terms of direct representation and systemic advocacy. U.S. SUPREME COURT Sovereign Immunity Achieved a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court opinion in Lewis v. Clarke, holding that the sovereign immunity of an Indian tribe does not bar damages actions against tribal employees. The underlying case involved individuals who were injured in a car accident, but the case had broader legal implications. As attorney Eric Miller, who led the case, told Law360, “The particular question in this case is of increasing significance as tribal commercial activity, especially gaming, increases.” Attorneys Jena MacLean and Luke Rona were also key members of the appellate team. NEW YORK Political Law Supported the successful effort to remove Carl Paladino from the Board of Education of the Buffalo School District by filing a petition on behalf of the Buffalo Branch NAACP and the Buffalo Parent Teacher Organization. Paladino’s racially inflammatory actions made national news. Attorney team members were Richard Ross, Jalina Hudson and Laura Mujenda, who were assisted by staff members Sarah Howland and Jonathan Parsons.
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more fair and transparent. Partner J Cabou, along with the ACLU’s Criminal Law Reform Project and the ACLU of Arizona, filed a federal lawsuit that served as the catalyst for these legislative changes. Cabou also testified before the state legislature in support of the legislation.
We helped client Rachelle Black, left, with her partner Anglea Van Noose, persevere in challenging discrimination based on sexual orientation in her child custody case. SEATTLE LGBT Rights Secured a major victory in the Washington Supreme Court in an LGBT custody case, working as cooperating counsel with Legal Voice. The team convinced the court that the trial ruling showed unfair bias in its presumptions that the sexual orientation of our client, an active stay-at-home mother, was inherently disruptive to the children and that the father’s religious beliefs should be favored over the mother’s ability to parent. The large team was primarily led by attorneys Amanda Beane, Kelly Moser and Julie Wilson-McNerney. PHOENIX Civil Rights Contributed to reforming Arizona’s civil asset forfeiture laws to make them
ANCHORAGE Active Duty Service Members Negotiated a settlement on behalf of an active duty soldier regarding an automotive dealer who refused to repair a defective truck the soldier purchased. Anchorage Office Managing Partner Eric Fjelstad, aided by paralegal Amy Jarrell, resolved the dispute as part of his ongoing participation in the ABA Military Pro Bono Project. SAN DIEGO Veterans’ Rights Obtained a favorable decision from a Social Security Administration Administrative Law Judge reinstating benefits for a disabled veteran with a mental health condition further aggravated by complications associated with HIV and recent open-heart surgery. The case was referred by the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program HIV/AIDS Legal Services Project and successfully led by attorneys Kevin Patariu and Yun (Louise) Lu.
SEATTLE Domestic Violence Protected a young mother who had been subject to harassment, threats and physical, sexual, verbal and psychological abuse by her youngest daughter’s father. Attorney Mary Gaston and her paralegal and staff team of Carmen Brady, Elaine Cherry and June Starr worked many hours to secure temporary protection orders against the abuser to keep him away from our client and her children. As our client had limited English; staff member Brooke Harkness helped with interpreting client meetings, calls and other tasks. We obtained a DVPO, which was renewed a year later, along with the judge’s decision detailing actions the father would have to comply with before requesting visitation rights. PHOENIX Children’s Rights Advocated on behalf of Arizona’s foster children and obtained class certification in a lawsuit claiming the state’s treatment of foster children puts them at greater risk of harm than they would be if they remained with their parents. Partners Joseph Mais and Shane Swindle lead our representation in this impact litigation, working alongside leading nonprofit partners Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest and NY-based Children’s Rights, Inc.
the Western District of Washington for several years on the client’s release, made possible in part by the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Miller v. Alabama decision and statutory changes in Washington’s juvenile sentencing requirements. SAN FRANCISCO Disaster Relief Supported efforts in the recovery from the Northern California wildfires in October 2017, which caused significant loss of life and more than $9 billion in insured damages. Insurance Recovery practice attorney Jay Rossiter manned several shifts on the Bar Association of San Francisco’s legal hotline, answering the public’s questions on rights and resources for recovery. CHICAGO Criminal Justice Act Argued successfully for early termination of supervised release for a pro bono
client in a criminal federal case where both the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Probation Office opposed the motion. Chicago attorneys Pravin Rao and Beth Palmer represented the client, who had multiple convictions and violations of probation in her background but had recently made great strides in getting her life back on track. After hearing oral argument that spanned two court dates, the judge granted the motion, effectively reducing our client’s sentence by almost two years of supervision that were remaining. The Rao-Palmer defense team also won a motion for early termination on behalf of another client. Rao’s service on the CJA/Federal Defender Panel led to the firm’s involvement in both these matters, as well as a number of other court-appointed cases, including two clients facing allegations of healthcare fraud and another charged in a criminal RICO/murder case that appears to be headed to trial.
SEATTLE Juvenile Criminal Defense Won the release of a pro bono client who had been convicted of murder as a juvenile. Attorney Sherilyn Peterson worked with Jennifer Wellman of the Federal Public Defender’s Office for
Autumnal wildfires ravaged thousands of homes in Northern California.
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Closing Statements Some of the pro bono matters that the firm takes on can take years to resolve, as they wind their way through the courts. In other matters, the full impact may not evolve until many months after a victory. Highlighted below are several long-term cases that concluded or had notable developments in 2017.
Blocked Wisconsin Law Detaining Pregnant Women for Alleged Substance Use A pro bono team of Madison attorneys and staff working since 2014 obtained a statewide injunction against a little-known, 20-year-old Wisconsin law that permits pregnant women to be placed in confidential juvenile court proceedings and forced into in-patient treatment if a social worker or local official alleges that she “habitually lacks self-control” in the use of alcohol or controlled substances. Judge James D. Peterson of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin granted our motion for summary judgment against the State of Wisconsin on the facial challenge
and held that 1997 Wisconsin Act 292 was void for vagueness, as it “affords neither fair warning as to the conduct it prohibits nor reasonably precise standards for its enforcement.” Our client, Tamara Loertscher, sought a pregnancy test from her local county social services in late 2014 and was referred to a hospital emergency room. Her medical records were turned over to local officials, who initiated child protection proceedings against her under the act and appointed a guardian ad litem on behalf of her fetus, ultimately resulting in an order of mandatory in-patient treatment and jail time for contempt when she refused. Loertscher gave birth to a healthy baby boy in 2015. Attorney team members included Jesse Bair, Freya Bowen, Jeff Bowen, Truscenialyn Brooks, Danielle Grant-Keane, Chris Hanewicz, Josh Kaul, David Pekarek Krohn, Autumn Nero and former firm attorney David Harth. Paralegal and staff support came from Lynne Bendt, Patricia Dean, Karen Dempski, Brenda Horn, Matthew Maier and Lucas Morgan. The team brought the case in conjunction with the New York City-based National Advocates for Pregnant Women. The state’s appeal is currently pending before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
Our client Tamara Loertscher successfully challenged a Wisconsin law, used against her, that allowed the jailing of a pregnant woman using illegal drugs. In 2015, she gave birth to a healthy boy.
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Achieved Housing Security for Seniors Working as lead counsel alongside legal aid organization Bet Tzedek on behalf of elderly residents of a mobile home park in Thousand Oaks, California, Perkins Coie negotiated an agreement in 2017 to protect our clients from the devastating rent increases that threatened to force them out of their modest homes. We took on the case in 2012, eventually filing the class action against the owner of the mobile home park and alleging a breach in contractual promises to abide by the terms of special rent protections that were approved decades earlier by the City of Thousand Oaks. The park was intended to be affordable to low-income seniors and promises were made that rents would not rise by more than a nominal amount. The class consisted of 42 elderly, low and extremely lowincome residents, many of whom have disabilities.
Victory Impact Funded Program for Foster Youth and Families Perkins Coie funded a staff position for the Lawyers Fostering Independence program at the Center for Children & Youth Justice from fees awarded to the firm from its settlement with Washington State’s Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS). The settlement was on behalf of the firm’s pro bono client, Foster Parents Association of Washington State (FPAWS), a nonprofit organization that provides support and services to foster families in Washington. After years of protracted opposition, at the end of 2014, our pro bono team reached a substantial settlement with DSHS, which, among other things, required
The Perkins Coie pro bono team of lawyers included Les Brown, Catherine Del Prete, Amir Gamliel and Jill Ripke, former firm attorneys James Bernald and Thomas McMahon, and former firm paralegal Sharon Grisham. Los Angeles staff team members were Kenneth Ragsac and Cynthia Mejia. The settlement we helped the residents reach allows the most fragile of our community to live the remainder of their lives free from the stress of being on welfare or becoming homeless.
For a class of elderly residents of the Ranch Mobile Home Park in California, we helped protect them from steep rent increases.
DSHS to significantly increase monthly foster care maintenance payments. Seattle attorneys representing FPAWS’ challenge to the foster care system were Mary Gaston, and former firm attorneys Sara Baynard-Cooke and Kate Reddy. Lawyers Fostering Independence, launched in 2008 with the help of Perkins Coie, provides civil legal aid services to many of King County’s most vulnerable youth and young adults. The expansion of its services to other counties around the state is made possible by the 2017 funding from Perkins Coie for a second staff attorney. Fees awarded to Perkins Coie in the settlement with DSHS will also assist FPAWS to fund mini-conferences in Washington and provide support to Treehouse, which offers youth in foster care academic and other essential assistance to help them graduate from high school.
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What I’m Working On 57,138
2017 Pro Bono Hours
Pro Bono Matters
Attorneys with 50+ Pro Bono Hours
CHARLYN HO | ASSOCIATE TECHNOLOGY TRANSACTIONS & PRIVACY LAW
Helping iRespond, which uses biometrics and blockchain technology to give digital identities to refugees and displaced persons. Along with Seattle partner Joe Cutler, I’ve worked on core contracts, privacy and other operational issues. iRespond’s mission is important—without an identity, it is very difficult for a person to do basic things.
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JAMES HURT | ASSOCIATE
LEE CURTIS | PARTNER
Represented an indigent client through her temporary and general guardianship proceedings. The case was referred by the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program, which I also assist in its family law clinic. As a former abandoned child myself, I feel a strong personal responsibility to provide a voice for children in need.
Teamed with D.C. associate Andrew Victor to successfully defend a Marine Corps veteran in a proposed debarment by the Navy. Our client will be able to maintain funding for his aerospace education and pursue his chosen career path. I enjoy this work because helping deserving veterans allows us to serve those who have served this country.
AUTUMN NERO | PARTNER
HARVEY CHEN | COUNSEL
DANIEL SHVODIAN | PARTNER
Continuing my representation of Georgia inmate Marion Wilson for the past 13 years in his efforts to overturn his death sentence. I do this work because I passionately believe every person— regardless of race, wealth or social status—is entitled to a fair trial and competent counsel.
Assisting the Bay Area Rural Justice Collaborative in bringing free legal clinics to low-income residents in isolated communities. I am also helping artists and small business owners on contracts and intellectual property. Pro bono work helps me acquire new skills and puts my own life in perspective.
Working in association with the California Innocence Project to represent a client who has been in jail for over 20 years. I receive frequent calls from him, and his positive outlook, hopefulness and thankfulness always brightens my day, whereas I think I should be the one trying to pick up his spirits.
KELLY CAMERON | OFFICE MANAGING PARTNER
ALICIA BEYER | ASSOCIATE
BEN STRAUGHAN | PARTNER
TRUST & ESTATE PLANNING
EMERGING COMPANIES & VENTURE CAPITAL LAW
Finished a long-term Hague Abduction Convention case, referred by the U.S. State Department, representing an Italian father seeking the return of his child. The firm supported our work from the district court, to the Ninth Circuit and, ultimately, to the U.S. Supreme Court. I appreciate how real pro bono work is; these matters profoundly affect peoples’ lives.
Representing several nonprofit organizations in transactional matters, including applications for 501(c)(3) status and establishing sponsorships and fundraising partnerships between nonprofits and for-profits. I love pro bono work because it allows me to interact with different nonprofits and gain exposure beyond my daily practice.
Continuing work with the University of Washington School of Law’s Entrepreneurial Law Clinic to help law students provide advice to early-stage clients. The ELC focuses on startups, mixing business and law students, and has become a cornerstone of the innovation ecosystem in the Pacific Northwest.
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Community Service Front Line Spotlights Children The transformative impact our pro bono work can have on communities extends beyond the legal services we provide. As a socially responsible company, we encourage diverse activities such as volunteerism, personal community service, board service and fundraising. The Perkins Coie Foundation makes charitable grants to hundreds of nonprofits throughout the United States each year. Attorneys and staff members also volunteered in cities across the country, making significant personal commitments in 2017, particularly for causes focused on children.
EDUCATION: Perkins Coie volunteers have been visible at numerous schools—Portland partner Rob Aldisert supports the Classroom Law Project, where he judges debate contests. Madison’s Director of Administration Donna Hurd serves as the board chair of the Foundation for Madison Public Schools, volunteers as a Big Sister and tutor, and presides over the eighth largest Rotary Club in the world. Legal Practice Assistant Patricia Bliss has
worked with Volunteers of America in New York for donations for school supplies, materials and money for disadvantaged kids. In San Francisco, attorney Richard Guggenhime puts his wealth management skills to expert use for fundraising for several organizations, including The Guardsmen, which has been helping at-risk youth in the Bay Area for 60 years. He serves as chair of its senior endowment effort, which seeks to raise $8 million dollars for scholarships for inner-city children. CHILDREN’S RIGHTS: Children’s rights
advocacy is a major focus of our pro bono work, which includes a longtime, firmwide connection to the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) system. Portland Office Managing Partner Sara Crooks goes beyond our usual legal counsel to CASA volunteers—she is a volunteer herself. She helps speak for abused or neglected foster children in custody hearings and other challenges they face. HEALTH: Several members of the
Lily Gray, daughter of Counsel John Gray, and her fight against leukemia, are the inspiration for our fundraising efforts to find a cure and support patients and families.
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Perkins Coie family devoted their time to help ailing children. Director of Human Resources Judy Cordell volunteers
In Memoriam J. SHAN MULLIN 1934-2018 with Pegasus Therapeutic Riding, working with special needs children and young adults in San Diego. Legal Practice Assistant Brenda Horn has an ongoing commitment to Make-A-Wish Foundation in Madison. And in Phoenix, Counsel John Gray has taken on a project closer to his heart more than any of us would like—he is raising funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society through efforts with the Lily Panda Project, after working on separate fundraising efforts earlier this year for Phoenix Children’s Hospital and the Children’s Cancer Network. The project is named for John’s three-year-old daughter Lily, who was diagnosed with leukemia on Thanksgiving 2016. John, who has been assisted by attorneys Katherine May and Barry Stratford, along with paralegal Melinda Manchester and a team of community members, explains what drives his effort to raise $100,000 for a cure for cancers: “I've seen firsthand the devastation that cancer can do to even the strongest and happiest little girl. But I also have seen how amazing things can arise even from the darkest times, how pain and struggle can motivate us to do something greater than ourselves.”
“Community service isn’t required by the firm, but is a very worthwhile way to spend some time. I’ve felt that way my whole life and it’s very rewarding.”
We note the passing of Shan Mullin, a beloved partner of the firm for more than 50 years. He led by example in his commitment to his community, inspiring generations of our Perkins Coie family. Highlights of his civic leadership and role as firm ambassador to the Seattle community include serving as board chair of the University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Fred Hutchison Care Research Center, Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle, Alliance for Education, Norman Archibald Charitable Foundation, United Way of King County and Municipal League of King County.
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Pro Bono Awards & Recognition The firm established the Perkins Coie Pro Bono Leadership Award in 2001 to annually recognize lawyers and staff who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and commitment in the provision of pro bono services to our clients. Award winners are given the opportunity to direct a $1,000 charitable contribution to the legal services organization of their choice. Congratulations to our worthy 2017 award winners, whose achievements we detail here.
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Perkins Coie Pro Bono Leadership Awards Pro Bono Champion Award MARY GASTON | COMMERCIAL LITIGATION PRACTICE | Seattle “I am fortunate that I have the support of a firm that is committed to doing its part to ensure that those who are the most vulnerable have access to outstanding legal assistance. In these unprecedented times, I would like to challenge each of us to take on just one more pro bono case in 2018. There is no better time than the present to make a difference.” Known firmwide for her deep pro bono commitment, Mary Gaston is a prime example of how a busy attorney fits pro bono into her practice in a meaningful way. When the Foster Parents Association of Washington State sued the state to increase reimbursements to foster parents, Gaston was a steadfast advocate through protracted litigation to eventually broker a settlement that led to substantial increases in monthly maintenance payments resulting in an additional $33 million of direct reimbursements to foster parents. Not
only did her efforts lead to systemic changes to the state’s foster care system to improve the lives of foster families in Washington, they led to a substantial fee award to the firm that has been used for pro bono initiatives. (See page 33.) Gaston followed this outstanding achievement with ongoing pro bono leadership, including a difficult domestic violence case in 2017 in which she obtained an unprecedented post-trial ruling that ensured the client’s protection. (See page 31.)
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Partner Award KEVIN PATARIU | INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY PRACTICE | San Diego “California Lawyers for the Arts provides great pro bono opportunities for associates and counsel to develop practical skills, while helping inventors and entrepreneurs who might not otherwise be able to obtain and protect their intellectual property rights. I look forward to further expanding our partnership with CLA with the help of lawyers and staff at the firm.” Kevin Patariu is spearheading a major initiative in the California offices with California Lawyers for the Arts to assist entrepreneurs and artists with their intellectual property issues. CLA’s work is part of a broader national initiative of the USPTO to increase pro bono representation for low-income inventors. (See page 26.) CLA’s referral service provides highquality pro bono opportunities for our IP attorneys in patent prosecution, trademark prosecution, copyright disputes and contractual disputes. Through his efforts to broaden our
partnership with CLA, we took on 19 matters in 2017 alone, and pro bono participation in the San Diego office has soared. He also has supervised associates and counsel in other pro bono matters, including the recent successful representation of a disabled veteran to have his Social Security Disability benefits reinstated. Patariu is the first IP attorney and the first person from the San Diego office to receive a firmwide pro bono leadership award.
Associate/Counsel Award KATHERINE MAY | COMMERCIAL LITIGATION PRACTICE | Phoenix “I am beyond grateful and honored by the recognition, particularly from a firm that is deeply committed to maintaining such a high standard of public service.” Since joining the firm in 2015, Katherine May has been a strong pro bono contributor. She has worked on at least 10 pro bono cases, primarily involving immigration and civil rights issues. In 2017, she handled—and won—two pro bono trials in the U.S. District Court in Phoenix on behalf of prisoners under the Federal Tort Claims Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. In one case, May helped to secure an $80,000 damages award on behalf of an inmate who was shot in the face and eye with rubber bullets from a grenade launcher during a 2010 riot at the Federal Correctional Institution in Phoenix. In both cases, she was first-chair co-counsel and the judges praised her
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courtroom performance. May has also successfully represented a victim of domestic violence in obtaining asylum, and has assisted in several other immigration matters through the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project, which recently named her the winner of its Adult Pro Bono Award. Additionally, May co-authored three significant amicus briefs in pro bono matters in the Arizona Court of Appeals and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. May has consistently and diligently dedicated herself to helping those in need through her pro bono work.
Project/Team Award OREGON CENTER OF EXCELLENCE | Portland “Working with these courageous individuals, who have overcome so much adversity only to face an immigration system that is virtually impossible to navigate alone, is a reminder that any attorney, regardless of their practice area, can make a difference in the lives of people who otherwise cannot obtain legal representation.” — COE team member Michael Stout The Project/Team Leadership Award recognizes the team that helped create, oversee and work with the Oregon Center of Excellence (COE), an organized and fast-scaling channel for supported pro bono representation of immigrants facing deportation. In late 2016, a team of firm attorneys partnered with Stephen Manning and the Innovation Law Lab to launch the Oregon Center of Excellence. (See page 8.) The COE established a much-needed network of pro bono attorneys to represent asylum-seekers with minor children living in Oregon. Following on the heels of the issuance of a travel ban
in January 2017, over 130 attorneys from Portland, including firm clients, attended the training, which was very well received. Since that first training, the COE has placed at least 21 cases with volunteer attorneys. This team effort included Pro Bono Counsel Leah Medway and Portland attorneys Bryan Beel, David Bledsoe, Alletta Brenner, Kristina Holm, Courtney Peck, Larry Reichman, Michael Stout, Kara Tatman and former firm attorneys Laura Kerr and James Kilcup. Staff team members included Mallory Freeman, Judy Lee and Tara Ratliff and former firm member Ann Sandvig.
Staff Leadership Award SUSAN FRIETZ | LEGAL PRACTICE ASSISTANT, COMMERCIAL LITIGATION PRACTICE Phoenix “I love helping others and even more so when I can help someone who is struggling because they do not speak English. Growing up I watched my mother struggle to speak English (she still has a heavy accent) and I was determined not to lose the Spanish language. If I can bring help and comfort by speaking to someone in Spanish, I feel like I have made a little difference.” Susan Frietz supports Phil Higdon, one of the firm’s most consistent pro bono contributors. In recent years, she has played a key role supporting Phil and other Phoenix attorneys in a number of asylum cases for detained immigrants. Since most of the clients speak only Spanish, Frietz regularly attends client meetings and interviews, both in our office and at the Eloy Detention Center. Her assistance involves more than just interpreting and translating during these meetings; she also
serves as a critical resource in communicating with our clients’ families in their home countries to collect information and update them on our progress. (See page 20.) In addition, Frietz has visited clients to give them support and comfort, even transporting relatives on visitations and helping non-detained clients make appointments. Frietz has devoted substantial hours to these pro bono cases and has had a positive impact on many lives.
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Certificates of Appreciation The Pro Bono Committee recognizes the following staff members for their extraordinary work in support of the firmâ€™s pro bono efforts in 2017: Sherrye Andrews
Marie Van Olffen
We know that many other members of our staff also provided valuable support on behalf of our pro bono clients. We thank all of them for their dedication and support. *Former firm members
New York office attorneys and staff proudly show off their Certificates of Appreciation for their pro bono contributions.
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Recognition for Our Pro Bono Services in 2017 The following is a list of awards and recognition that the firm and firm attorneys have received for pro bono and public service efforts benefiting the legal community or the law. While the biggest rewards for our efforts in the community are the good results that we have received for our pro bono clients and their gratitude, we appreciate this additional recognition of our work. ▶ Perkins Coie was named a “Standout” in the Financial Times North American Innovative Lawyers Report for the Oregon Center of Excellence Project. ▶ Phoenix office received the ALWAYS Heart of Justice Law Firm of the Year Award by Arizona Legal Women and Youth Services. ▶ Katherine May was named by the Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project as the recipient of its 2017 Adult Pro Bono Award for committing her time and talent to tirelessly advocating for detained immigrants in Arizona. ▶ Nancy Williams was honored by her peers throughout Seattle as the King County Bar Association’s 2017 Outstanding Lawyer. ▶ Laura Kerr* received Innovation Law Lab’s Pro Bono Champion award for her contribution to the success of defending the rule of law for immigrants and refugees in Oregon. ▶ Lorri Dunsmore received Wayfind’s distinguished Andy Guy Pro Bono Leadership Award. Lorri was also honored with the 2017 ABA Business Law Section’s National Public Service Award for her extraordinary pro bono contributions to nonprofit organizations.
▶ Don Baur was selected by the Pegasus Foundation as a recipient of the Pegasus Wings Award for his pro bono representation of innumerable animal protection and environmental interests. ▶ Camille Fisher and Laura Hill were recognized by the Federal Bar Association with its Pro Bono Award for outstanding contributions to the cause of equal access to justice in the Western District of Washington. ▶ Eddie Lin* received Food Lifeline’s 2017 Ending Hunger Award as Volunteer of the Year. ▶ Attorneys Patrick Collins*, Adam Marchuk, Caroline Teichner and Kristin Smith received the Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Services presented by the United States District Court in conjunction with the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. ▶ Boise office received the Idaho State Bar’s 6.1 Challenge Award in the Large Firm category for Pro Bono Service. ▶ Philip Higdon was selected as a Top Pro Bono Attorney in Arizona by the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education. ▶ Bo Dul was presented with the prestigious Judge Learned Hand Emerging Leadership Award by the Arizona Region of the American Jewish Committee.
*Former firm attorney
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Lawyers and Paralegals With 50+ Pro Bono Hours in 2017 The Pro Bono Committee thanks the following lawyers and paralegals who, consistent with our acceptance of the American Bar Association and Pro Bono Instituteâ€™s Pro Bono Challenge, provided 50 of more hours of pro bono legal service to our clients in 2017. Alexandra K. Alberstadt
Claire W. Brown*
Michael B. Garfinkel*
Craig M.J. Allely
Tanya L. Brown
Alexis E. Danneman
Mary Z. Gaston
Lindsay B. Allen
Arunas J. Bura
Nicholas Peter Gellert
Russell D. Allen
Alisha C. Burgin
Darvin R. Davitian
Lydia Z. Ansari*
David J. Burman
Evan S. Day
Martin E. Gilmore
David L. Anstaett
Christina E. Buschmann*
Patricia E. Dean
Emily A. Bushaw
Catharine B. DeJulio*
Oliver M. Gold
Jeremy L. Buxbaum
Catherine Del Prete
Mark S. Goodrich
Jacob E. Aronson
Matthew P. Gordon
John F. Aslin
Alison R. Caditz*
Jesse J. Bair
Shannon C. Calamia
Michael J. DiCato
Danielle S. Grant-Keane
J. Christopher Baird
Kelly A. Cameron
Elan K. DiMaio*
Emily J. Greb
Cecily T. Barclay
Chad S. Campbell
Valentina M. Barei
Andrew T. Dufresne
Daniel C. Barr
Michael J. Carr
Anika B. Grubbs*
Schuyler G. Carroll
Craig A. Beaker
Lorri Anne Dunsmore
John P. Halski
Michelle W. Chan
Hyland F. Durant*
Christopher G. Hanewicz
Ai-Tang Irene Chang
Erin K. Earl
Steven R. Beigelmacher
Lynell D. Hansen
Michael L. Bender
John D. Esterhay
Jeffrey M. Hanson
Sean M. Berens
Sara L. Chenetz
Alexander M. Fenner
Michelle N. Berger*
Elaine J. Cherry
Pamela E. Berkowitz
Christopher A. Chou
George K. Fogg
Erick J. Haynie
Hayley L. Berlin
Jeffery S. Clackley
Caitlin M. Foley
Donald M. Hendricks
Debra R. Bernard
Ulrike B. Connelly
Susan E. Foster
Laura Kaplan Hennessey
Alicia C. Beyer
Colin M. Fowler
Adam G. Hester
Christine M. Biebel
Daniel W. Coyne
Wilson C. Freeman*
Nick H. Hesterberg
Kathryn L. Bilder Jackson
Philip R. Higdon
Joshua L. Boehm
Donald J. Friedman
Miguel J. Bombach
Jared W. Crop*
William S. Friedman
Laura H. Hill
Rebecca J. Borowitz*
Bruce Michael Cross
Thomas W. Hillier II
Andrew J. Crowder
T. Markus Funk
Charlyn L. Ho
Jeff J. Bowen
Joshua M. Crum*
Kristina J. Holm
Adam M. Brenner
T. Andrew Culbert
Daniel A. Garcia*
Eric Grayson Holmes
Alletta S. Brenner
Lee P. Curtis
Javier F. Garcia
Jared L. Gardner
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Debra S. Howerton
Erika Eaton Malmen
Jalina Joy Hudson
C. Vincent Maloney
David R. Pekarek Krohn
Michael A. Sherling
Mary Rose Hughes
David A. Perez
Mi Kyong Shin*
Amisha K. Manek
Andrew E. Shipley*
Margaret C. Hupp
Christian W. Marcelo
Andrew T. Pettit
Jeffrey L. Shuchat
Mikella M. Hurley*
Daniel G.M. Marre
Deborah J. Phillips
Daniel T. Shvodian
Rhett P. Martin
John P. Isacson
Lorelie S. Masters*
Brian H. Potts
John S. Skilton
Jon B. Jacobs
Kenneth A. Ragsac
Gretchen A. Smidt
Teresa G. Jacobs*
Katherine E. May
Amy S. Jarrell
Lindsay J. McAleer
Rosa I. Ravelo
Jamie Nicole Johnson
Anthony J. McCormick
Stephanie M. Regenold
David S. Steele
Mary E. McDermott
Lynwood E. Reinhardt
Ronald A. McIntire
Elizabeth M. Renieris*
Michael J. Stout
Bipasana Sakya Joshee
Allison J. Reynolds
Joseph M. McMillan
Austin J. Rice-Stitt
Barry G. Stratford
Chris M. Kang
Leah E. Medway
Joseph W. Ricigliano
Sarah L. Rivard*
Steven M. Studulski
Tyler S. Roberts
Laura M. Kerr*
Mitchell A. Meneau
Geoffrey L. Robinson
Christopher J. Sutton
Steven D. Merriman
Kiyomi R. Robinson
Shane R. Swindle
Gina H. Kim
Randy R. Micheletti*
John K. Roche
Andrea W. Templeton*
Eric D. Miller
Ian D. Rogers
Steven L. Terry
Julissa L. Milligan
Matthew L. Rojas
Christopher D. Thomas
Heidi L. Kmoch
Elena M. Romerdahl
Ryan C. Thomas
Philip A. Morin
Luke M. Rona
Lauren M. Kulpa
Megan G. Morrissey
Adrian P. Torres
Michael R. Laing
Peter L. Tracey
Kirstin E. Larson
John S. Rossiter
Paul L. Navarro
Max L. Rothman
Elizabeth B. Uzelac*
Paul W. Leicht
Stephanie J. Nelson
Melanie G. Rubocki
Autumn N. Nero
Gail P. Runnfeldt
Jeffrey D. Vanacore
Hillary B. Levun
Olivia T. Nguyen
Thomas D. Ryerson
Brandon M. Lewis
Clark Reed Nichols
Robert P. Saka
Aaron J. Ver
Dustin A. Liddle*
Joel W. Nomkin
Christine M. Salmi
Andrew J. Victor
Ashley N. Lin
Gina P. Nyberg
Dwayne D. Sam
Edward C. Lin*
Christopher J. Oâ€™Malley*
Brian P. Samuelson
Eric J. Weiss
Rick C. Liu*
Kathleen M. Oâ€™Sullivan
Ann E. Sandvig*
Aaron S. Welling
Yasamin N. Oloomi
Harry H. Schneider, Jr.
Jonathan S. Longino
James M. Otake
James F. Williams
Sheri L. Pais
Allan E. Low
Vilma R. Palma-Solana*
Kenneth R. Willis*
Beth Erin Palmer
Rebecca K. Setlow
Eric B. Wolff
Philip C. Maier
Julie R. Pambianco
Michael T. Sharkey
David R. Zoppo
Michelle L. Maley
Kevin J. Patariu
Naomi A. Sheffield*
Deanna F. Zuniga *No longer with the firm.
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2018 Firmwide Pro Bono Committee LAURA GODFREY ZAGAR, Chair
KEVIN R. FELDIS
KEVIN J. PATARIU
THEODORE W. BAKER
PAULA L. GOODWIN
DEBORAH J. PHILLIPS, Associate/
Counsel Management Chair, ex officio
DANIEL C. BARR
JAMES F. JENSEN
JEFF J. BOWEN
JASON T. KUZMA
RICHARD T. ROSS NEW YORK
MICHAEL E. SCOVILLE SEATTLE
RICHARD L. SEVCIK CHICAGO
KELLY A. CAMERON
LEAH E. MEDWAY
LINDA N. BERNSTEIN, Staff Support
L. NORTON CUTLER
ANN MARIE PAINTER
MARY C. MOYNIHAN, Oversight
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