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Disability Rights California honors Cooley LLP for pro bono partnership

Firm champions rights of people with disabilities

(Sacramento, CA – June 13, 2016) The Disability Rights California (DRC) Board of Directors honored the law firm, Cooley LLP, with its “Pro Bono Achievement” award at its June meeting.

“DRC recognizes Cooley LLP for its commitment, dedication and generosity in helping our organization litigate important disability cases,” board member Chuck Ehrlich said.

“We at Cooley are proud to partner with Disability Rights California to protect the constitutional rights of people with disabilities and the underserved,” said Maureen Alger, Pro Bono Partner at Cooley LLP. “We are humbled and honored to be receiving the organization’s Pro Bono Achievement award. 

DRC and Cooley first collaborated in 2010 when they put together a team of lawyers to stop Sacramento County from proposed budget cuts to its outpatient mental health system. The settlement in Napper v. Sacramento County ensured that some 5,000 adults with significant psychiatric disabilities continued to receive outpatient services from their current providers.

In 2015, Cooley LLP was DRC’s co-counsel in Hall v. County of Fresno. Under the proposed settlement with county officials, inmates are no longer denied adequate physical and mental health care. The firm contributed more than 1,000 pro bono hours, representing the work of more than a dozen attorneys.

Disability Rights California is a non-profit organization created by the governor in 1978 to protect the rights of people with disabilities. Check out our website (, Facebook and twitter @DisabilityCA.