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Perkins Coie's and Tom Hillier's Support of the Clemency Project Noted by Puget Sound Business Journal Article - Pro Bono Projects Span Firms, Issues

Puget Sound Business Journal recognized the work of Tom Hillier's and Perkins Coie's criminal defense advocacy with the Clemency Project for eligible incarcerated individuals.

Judy Jennison and Amelia Gerlicher were Featured in the Puget Sound Business Journal Article - ‘55,000 People Have Seen Me Naked:’ A Story Of “Revenge Porn and the Lawyers who are Trying To Stop It.”

Perkins Coie Attorneys Judy Jennison and Amelia Gerlicher were featured in the Puget Sound Business Journal article, ‘55,000 people have seen me naked:’ A story of “revenge porn and the lawyers who are trying to stop it.” The article featured their pro bono work with victims whom have had their nude photos appear online without their consent.

Perkins Coie Successfully Secures Release of Man Wrongfully Incarcerated for 18 Years for First-Degree Murder

Perkins Coie attorneys David Harth, David Pekarek Krohn and Truscenialyn Brooks successfully vacated a first-degree murder conviction for Teshome Campbell, wrongfully incarcerated for 18 years of a 55-year sentence in Danville Correctional Center, Danville, Ill., for a murder he did not commit. MORE

Perkins Coie to Fund Two Legal Services Attorneys Through Fees Awarded in Arizona Prison Reform Class Action

Perkins Coie LLP announced today it will fund two public service attorney positions in Arizona with a portion of the fees awarded to the firm in a class-action lawsuit challenging the unconstitutional level of healthcare, mental healthcare and dental care in Arizona’s prisons, along with seeking reforms in the use of solitary confinement. MORE

Perkins Coie Secures Victory Protecting Patients’ Rights In Stormans V. Wiesman

Perkins Coie attorneys, along with Legal Voice and Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, won a long-fought legal victory on July 23, 2015 in Stormans v. Wiesman (formerly Stormans v. Selecky), which affirmed that Washington pharmacies must fill all lawful prescriptions without discrimination or delay. MORE

Perkins Coie Challenges Civil Asset Forfeiture Laws in Arizona

Perkins Coie, The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Arizona filed suit today, July 22, 2015, against the sheriff and county attorney of Pinal County, Arizona, for their enforcement of Arizona’s civil asset forfeiture laws. MORE

Perkins Coie Successfully Secures Asylum for Transgender Arizona Woman from Guatemala

Perkins Coie attorneys Vidula Patki and Heather Hamel, in conjunction with the Transgender Law Center, successfully secured political asylum for Nicoll Hernández-Polanco, a transgender woman from Guatemala who was held in an abusive United States government detention center for six months. On April 22, 2015, Immigration Court Judge Bruce A. Taylor granted her request for asylum. MORE  

Perkins Coie Welcomes Former Federal Public Defender Thomas Hillier to Seattle Office

Perkins Coie is pleased to announce that Thomas Hillier has joined the firm’s Commercial Litigation practice as Senior Counsel where he will focus his practice on indigent defense pro bono matters. Tom will also provide support to the firm’s White Collar and Investigations practice. He previously served as the Federal Public Defender for the Western District of Washington for 32 years. MORE

Perkins Coie Secures Dismissal of All Charges Against Transgender Activist Monica Jones in Wrongful Prostitution Charge

Perkins Coie attorneys Jean-Jacques “J” Cabou and Alexis Danneman won a dismissal of all charges against Monica Jones, the transgender student and activist wrongfully convicted under Phoenix’s “manifesting” intent to engage in prostitution ordinance. On February 19, 2015, the City of Phoenix Municipal Court issued a “Notice of Dismissal” of the charge(s) in the case of the State of Arizona v. Monica Renee Jones under Phoenix’s “manifesting” intent to engage in prostitution ordinance. MORE

Perkins Coie Successfully Secures Restructuring of District Voting System in Yakima, WA for Stronger Latino Voice in Elections

Perkins Coie attorneys Kevin Hamilton, Abha Khanna and Ben Stafford, working on a pro bono basis with the ACLU, successfully brought about a court order requiring Yakima, Washington to implement a plan for seven single-member districts for City Council elections. The action followed a 2014 ruling that the city’s at-large election system unlawfully diluted the votes of Yakima’s Latino residents. MORE

Federal Judge Orders District Voting for Yakima in ACLU case

Press coverage in the Yakima Herald noting a court order to rectify the disenfranchisement of Latinos under the current Yakima, WA council elections system reported the change came through the efforts of a team of attorneys from the ACLU and private law firms, including Perkins Coie of Seattle, which represented the plaintiffs free of charge. MORE

Perkins Coie Sponsors UN Effort Toward Corporate Volunteering

Perkins Coie is a founding sponsor of IMPACT 2030, a group aimed at bringing together a global coalition of private sector leaders to encourage corporate volunteering. Announced at the United Nations (UN) on International Volunteer Day, IMPACT 2030 is a collaboration between the UN and the business sector in response to a resolution by the UN’s General Assembly to expand involvement of the private sector in support of corporate volunteerism. The objective is to further the UN’s Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals.  This program [noting Perkins Coie as a founding partner] was reported in Pro Bono Australia.com. MORE

Perkins Coie Recognized by Financial Times as One of the Most Innovative Law Firms in the U.S. for Third Year in a Row

Perkins Coie is pleased to announce it has been recognized by the Financial Times for the third year in a row as a top 40 innovative law firm.  In the Financial Times North America Innovative Lawyers Report 2014, Perkins Coie is ranked 26 out of the 40 top firms for innovation, recognized for developing a program that benefits clients in the “Business of Law” category and its commitment to community in the “Social Responsibility” category of the report. MORE

Perkins Coie and Lambda Legal Successfully Strike Down Arizona Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Perkins Coie and Lambda Legal successfully struck down Arizona’s same-sex marriage ban when U.S. District Judge John W. Sedwick ruled the ban unconstitutional under the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment. MORE

Pro Bono Team Secures Victory in Federal Voting Rights Case

A Seattle-based litigation team won a significant victory in a lawsuit alleging that the at-large election system utilized by the City of Yakima to elect members of its City Council impermissibly dilutes Latino voting strength and does not allow for equal participation by Latinos in the election process. MORE

Federal Judge Strikes Down Oregon Ban On Marriage for Same-Sex Couples

U.S. District Court Judge Michael McShane ruled in May 2014 that Oregon’s exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage is unconstitutional—paving the way for couples to begin marrying immediately. MORE 

Gideon ’s Trumpet Sounds Again

Working on behalf of a class of indigent criminal defendants in the cities of Mt. Vernon and Burlington, Washington, Perkins Coie achieved a major victory in a class action lawsuit.  The resulting Wilbur ruling, issued in December 2013, upholds the mandate of Gideon v. Wainwright, the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case establishing the right to effective counsel for all people. MORE