On its 75th anniversary in 1987, Perkins Coie established the Perkins Coie Community Service Fellowship, a program that enables selected associates to devote up to six months of their full-time efforts to working for a community organization on a significant public service project. The fellowship allows associates to propose significant pro bono projects that interest them and is offered in addition to regular opportunities to perform public interest and legal community service work on a part-time basis through the firm’s pro bono program. Over the years, Perkins Coie lawyers have participated in the fellowship program by providing pro bono counsel to:

  • International Rescue Committee, on refugee asylum matters
  • Northwest Renewable Resources Center, on protection of eagle habitats
  • Seattle Organizing Committee of the Goodwill Games, on intellectual property, labor and general business matters
  • Common Ground, on tax matters relating to the creation of a pooled-income fund for low income housing
  • Legal Action Committee of Catholic Community Services, to establish a clinical program at the University of Washington to assist low-income families with landlord/tenant, consumer and debtor/creditor problems
  • Compassion in Dying, a nonprofit organization that provides counseling and assistance to terminally ill patients with litigation asserting terminal patients’ constitutional right to hasten death with physician assistance. This was the first federal court challenge of its kind, resulting in a landmark ruling recognizing 14th Amendment liberty protection.
  • American Civil Liberties Union, to defeat “SLAPP” suits, which are harassment suits that are brought by individual police officers and their Guild against citizens who complain about abuse of power by police officers
  • Society of Counsel Representing Accused Persons (SCRAP), a nonprofit corporation that provides legal assistance to those who cannot afford it
  • Center for Law and Religious Freedom, an arm of the Christian Legal Society
  • University of Washington School of Law/International Commercial Law Institute
  • TeamChild, an innovative nonprofit project for youth in, or at risk of being in, the juvenile justice system
  • Columbia Legal Services
  • Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound, working on environmental issues in Washington
  • Attorneys Assisting Community Organizations, establishing the structure to link pro bono attorneys to community-based organizations
  • Northwest Women’s Law Center
  • King County Prosecutor’s Office, prosecuting felony drug crimes