Lawyers Who Lead By Example


Kudos to Suz Mac Cormac on Her Commitment to Addressing Climate Change

San Francisco corporate partner Susan (Suz) Mac Cormac represented MoFo at the 2018 Global Climate Action Summit, which included the announcement of Lawyers for a Sustainable Economy. As a founding member of LSE, MoFo has pledged to provide $2 million in pro bono legal services by the end of 2020 to organizations focused on developing and bringing to scale new approaches to building a more sustainable global economy.

As chair of the firm’s Social Enterprise and Impact Investing, Energy, and Clean Technology Groups, Suz has been a powerful force in driving our pledge to sustainability forward. Her work advising on the structure and launch of The Carbon Endowment earned her a commendation in the Financial Times 2018 Innovative Lawyers Report category, “Enabling Business Growth and Transformation.” It also contributed to the firm’s high overall ranking for “Most Innovative Law Firms 2018: Legal Expertise” — moving up four spots from last year.

Suz has extensive experience representing a number of clients, from startup to late-stage companies, in the clean technology, renewable energy, and sustainable space. Other nonprofits she’s advised include The Nature Conservancy, Common Sense Media, the Earth Genome Project, CREO Syndicate, Toniic, Pacific Community Ventures, and Year Up. She was named California Attorney of the Year by California Lawyer in 2012 for driving effective legislative change as co-chair of the Working Group for the Flexible Purpose Corporation, and again in 2016 for her innovative work in impact investing, sustainability, and corporate form. 

Recent Accolades + Awards

2019

Outstanding Achievement Award- Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights

The Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs gave the firm its Outstanding Achievement Award for its precedent-setting triumph in the Belmont Crossing case strengthening Washington, D.C.’s prohibition against housing discrimination based on source of income.

Pro Bono Hot List – The National Law Journal

In recognition of the firm’s success in a number of cases, including representing Georgia voters in a federal lawsuit filed against state officials on a groundbreaking claim: that maintaining an unsecured, all-electronic voting system with no paper back-up violates the right to vote.

2018

Max Gillam Pro Bono Award – The Western Center on Law and Poverty

In recognition of the firm’s work on Housing Works v. County of Los Angeles, a case brought to increase access to much needed benefits for indigent Californians with mental and developmental disabilities

American Heritage Award – American Immigration Council

In recognition of MoFo’s pro bono work in challenging inhumane conditions for immigrants housed in short-term immigration detention centers run by U.S. Customs and Border Control in Arizona

Changing the World for Children Award – Children’s Bureau

In recognition of the firm’s longstanding contribution of pro bono legal services and its financial support through The Morrison & Foerster Foundation

Pro Bono Hot List – The National Law Journal

In recognition for the firm’s success in securing medical care for veterans who suffered lasting effects after undergoing secret tests of toxins and psychological agents during their military service decades ago

Excellence in Pro Bono Service – Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation

In recognition of pro bono legal services that strengthen the global social entrepreneurship movement and improve the lives of the world’s poor and disenfranchised

Justice Award – Justice in Aging

Presented to the firm and its lawyers who worked on the Hart v. Berryhill class action, which is bringing relief to thousands of Bay Area residents who were unjustly denied disability benefits

2017

Global Legal Awards: Grand Prize in Citizenship + Advocacy Project of the Year – American Lawyer

Honoring the commitment of MoFo Berlin lawyers serving as guardians for unaccompanied refugee children and the firm’s extensive legal assistance to nonprofit organizations that are dedicated to supporting the refugee community

Access to Justice Award – Legal Services of the Hudson Valley (LSHV)

Presented to the firm for litigation advocacy on behalf of special education students in the Mt. Vernon, New York school system

Pro Bono Hot List – The National Law Journal

In recognition of the firm’s June 2016 Supreme Court victory in the most important abortion rights case of a generation, Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt

Pro Bono Leader – Legal Services NYC

Recognized as a top ten law firm contributor to the Legal Services NYC pro bono program

2016

Pro Bono Partner of the Year – Bronx Defenders

Recognizing the firm for co-counseling a legal challenge to court delays that deny the right to a speedy trial to Bronx defendants who are accused of misdemeanors

International Pro Bono Excellence – The Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice

Honoring MoFo’s Tokyo office for its research on the subject of “Coercion and Consent in Sex” for pro bono client Amnesty International

Courageous Luminaries Award – The National Immigration Law Center

For the firm’s contributions to the immigrants’ rights movement, in particular, for co-counseling with the Center and others against the U.S. Border Patrol for inhumane conditions at its detention facilities in Arizona

EXONR8R Award – The California Innocence Project

Recognizing the firm’s dedication to the Project’s mission of seeking justice for the wrongfully convicted

Outstanding Law Firm – The San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program

For the firm’s associates and paralegals who dedicated time to cases referred by the Program, ranging from guardianships and tax advice to the trial of a custody case

Honoree, Voting Rights – Demos

Recognizing the firm for a California effort that led to the modernization of the state's voter registration system and North Carolina litigation focused on voter registration by the state’s motor vehicles department and public assistance agency

Pro Bono Leadership Award – The New Economy Project

Recognizing MoFo New York lawyers for representing former students of unscrupulous trade schools in seeking to be discharged from heavy burdens of student loan debt that yielded no educational benefit

Outstanding Law Firm in Public Service Award – The Justice & Diversity Center of the Bar Association of San Francisco

Honoring 16 MoFo lawyers and staff members for their contributions to public service and volunteer efforts with the JDC

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