Goodwin has been recognized as Law Firm of the Year by Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto (CLSEPA) for its series of clinics focused on providing critical legal support to people seeking Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) application renewals.
DACA gives a two-year, renewable reprieve from deportation to undocumented immigrants who came to the United States before age 16, are in school, high school graduates or military veterans, and meet certain other criteria. This program allows thousands of young people who have grown up in America to stay and further their education and contribute to the economy. Since 2014, Goodwin has hosted 12 clinics, and its lawyers have dedicated more than 500 pro bono hours to help more than 100 DACA individuals.
The award was presented at CLSEPA’s Annual Gala on June 21. As part of the ceremony, CLSEPA featured Goodwin’s pro bono work in a 2 minute video, which included commentary by partner Lynda Galligan and associate Erin Canino.
CLSEPA is a nonprofit legal services provider serving low-income families throughout the region specializing in immigration, housing, and economic advancement.