Carmen Cole, a labor and employment attorney with Am Law 100 firm Polsinelli, has been appointed to serve on the Board of Directors of Public Counsel. Founded in 1970, Public Counsel works with volunteers from major law firms and corporations. Its activities are far-ranging and impact a wide spectrum of people who live at or below the poverty level.
Each year, over 30,000 individuals, families, immigrants, and veterans who are living at or below the poverty level and unable to access affordable legal representation, are served by Public Counsel’s over 5,000 volunteer attorneys, law students and legal professionals. Public Counsel volunteers address systemic poverty and civil rights issues as well as litigation, transactional matters, and a variety of legal projects that impact communities in Southern California.
“Public Counsel plays a critical role ensuring that individuals in underserved communities within the Los Angeles area have access to quality legal representation,” said Cole. “I am honored and humbled to be a part of this mission. As someone from an environment where statistically it would have been more likely for me to have become a client of Public Counsel rather than a member of its Board of Directors, this appointment will provide an opportunity to pay it forward. This is a great way to give back to the Los Angeles community.”
Cole’s legal practice focuses on the representation of several of California’s major employers as well as Fortune 100 companies with global operations. She was recognized as a Labor and Employment Star by Benchmark Litigation for 2019, a prestigious ranking of trial lawyers, intended to identify “the best and brightest law firms and partners who stand out in their labor and employment practices throughout the U.S.” Cole was also selected earlier this year by the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of Los Angeles’ Most Influential Minority Attorneys.
Recognized also for her dedication to the advancement of women and diverse attorneys in the legal profession, Cole has been active for many years in the California Minority Counsel Program. She also serves as a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s President’s Advisory Committee on Women in the Legal Profession, and a member of LACBA’s Diversity in the Profession Committee. Cole has also been instrumental in raising awareness and funds for the African American Chamber of Commerce’s (GLAAC) Education Fund & Foundation program. She is a founding member of the Pepperdine University School of Law Board of Advisors.
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