My hometown motivates me to work hard for my client and get results.- John Cooper
Attorney at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers
Cooper Hurley Facebook Like Campaign Supports Homeless Kids
ForKids has been helping homeless children in Hampton Roads for almost three decades. Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers is happy to be supporting the nonprofit by launching a Facebook ‘likes’ campaign.
For every new ‘like’ of our Facebook page, we’re donating $1 up to $500. You can see more details about ForKids in this video.
Chief Executive Thaler McCormick said Forkids is an organization whose goal is to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty for families and children. “Most people don’t realize that homelessness impacts children. In Hampton Roads, we have over 2,000 children experiencing homelessness each year,” she said.
“Our job is to help them catch up. We help them break that achievement gap in education. We are working on immunizations, making sure they have clothes for school – all of the things they need to succeed. ForKids has been helping homeless families in Hampton Roads for 28 years now and it’s just getting bigger and trying to do more."
It has an annual budget of more than $6.5 million and aims to raise more than $3 million every year to help ensure children have a home.
“Getting this job done takes a lot of community resources and we wouldn’t get the job done without folks like Cooper Hurley putting their shoulder to the wheel with us,” McCormick said.
Tiffany Palmer is the education advocate in Suffolk and western Tidewater. She helps homeless children bridge the education gap with other kids. ForKids provides mediation and homework help. It also helps the children re-build confidence and social skills.
“We try to give them caring and compassion and let them know we are here for them,” Palmer said.
Palmer said homelessness means many children are shuttled from school to school and it erodes their stability.
“I think the need is very large. The children go through a lot. They experience a lot of trauma,” she said.
Virginia Parsons is the Norfolk job coach with ForKids. She said it’s important for the kids to get their parents back into the employment market.
“I provide employment services. Further than resumes and applications, we also explain to our clients how to go through the interview process and how to dress appropriately. We teach them skills as well as helping them directly,” she said.
She oversees “job huddle” twice a week at the Norfolk center with homeless parents who want to get back into the job market as well as going out into the community.
Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers has supported many good causes in the Hampton Roads community. This week we sponsored the Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association golf tournament to raise money for the law library. Earlier this month we supported Brew At the Zoo, an event organized by the Cultural Alliance of Greater Hampton Roads.
John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.
Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.
Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.
Cooper Hurley awards three $2,000 college scholarships annually to high school seniors in the Tidewater and Eastern Shore areas of Virginia. Eligible students can submit an essay of 500 to 1,000 words on the subject of Distracted Driving. We established this program to aid worthy scholars and to raise awareness of the tragic consequences of distracted driving, which we encounter too often in our practice.