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My Journey with Orphan Aid: Liberia



Seeing, Hearing & Doing. My Journey with Orphan Aid: Liberia

by Linda Stricker


Our 12 day mission trip began by spending time with the children at Orphan Aid Liberia’s first orphanage in Balama founded in 2008. Mother Elizabeth and the children greeted us with song and praise filling our visit with laughter and joy. We played with bubbles, painted, made crafts, ate popcorn and PBJs, as well as prepared 2 large tubs of spaghetti for lunch—a tradition every trip!


The Cooper Firm so graciously supplied backpacks filled with coloring books, crayons, bracelets and candy which were such a treat. Both adults and children accepted them with happy smiles exclaiming ‘thank you plenty!’


From Balama, our team traveled to Buchanan Liberia to distribute monthly supplies and begin the process of de-worming local orphanages.  While in Buchanan, our team traveled in three canoes dugout of cottonwood trees to the nearby village of Edina. We tried not to “rock the boat” as we traveled a good distance across 3 rivers converging into the mouth of the ocean.  It was beautiful! Our worship did not end as we stepped out of the boats and took a short walk to Thomas King United Methodist Church, which was founded in 1833.  Pastor Simbo’s Sunday morning church service was incredibly heartfelt, powerful and challenging for us all.


Leaving Bucahanan we returned to work in suburbs of Monrovia, where we were guided to an orphanage in Barclay Farms in dire need.  Mother Bindu Vah lost her husband, a pastor and father figure in the orphanage, to Ebola.   The boys and girls dorms were in desperate need of new roofs as the rainy season was just around the corner.   Through the power of prayer and social media, we were able to raise enough funds overnight to supply them with new tin roofs as well as 20 new mattresses before we departed!


Largely, our mission trip focused on de-worming both adults and children at 90 orphanages, as well as providing food and supplies for families fostering children orphaned by the recent Ebola crisis. We were overwhelmed by the spirit of the people of Liberia.  No matter their conditions, we were greeted with excitement and enthusiasm.  It was clear that our presence was met with joy and gratitude beyond measure.


This was my third mission trip to Liberia Africa.  With each journey I am blessed, feeling overwhelmed with the Spirit of Our Lord and Savior.  It truly is an honor to work with Orphan Aid Liberia. However, our work is never finished as the needs of His widows and orphans are our responsibility.


James 1:27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

To learn more or to support the efforts of Orphan Aid: Liberia, please visit their website or Facebook page.

SAVE THE DATE: The Cooper Firm will host a charity event and silent auction benefiting Orphan Aid: Liberia the evening of Saturday October 15th. More details to follow.


The Cooper Firm team completes mission work in Liberia


The Cooper Firm team completes mission work in Liberia

At the beginning of this year, Lance, his wife Sonja, and Sherry Kerr joined a team of seven others to do mission work in Africa. The trip was organized by Orphan Aid Liberia, a group that is close to the heart of many in our firm. The team served five orphanages and did vision clinics in two different cities over the course of twelve days.

Four days were spent in an orphanage that Orphan Aid Liberia supports deworming children, bringing presents, distributing clothing and boxes full of items that a local church put together. They also visited the city of Dolos Town, where they send materials to foster children whose parents were killed due to the Ebola crisis. Sherry recalled how over 500 men and women lined up outside the building where they were holding an eye clinic, but they were only able to help less than half.

One of Sherry’s favorite memories was when a Lebanese man who owned a hardware store in the city they were staying invited them to dinner. The night before, they were eating cold chili and tuna out of the can, but this man prepared a feast for them including lobster, barracuda and endless homemade dishes thanking them for their work in the community. Lance also shared that it was meal and experience that he would remember forever.

Orphan Aid Liberia was created in 2008, after Daryl Roberts went on a trip and discovered nearly 300,000 children who were orphaned due to a civil war. Daryl founded the organization, and began bringing relief to children and communities of Liberia. For more information regarding this group or to donate, please visit Orphan Aid Liberia on Facebook.






Lance Cooper speaks at North Carolina Advocates for Justice Annual Convention as Keynote Speaker

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Lance Cooper speaks at North Carolina Advocates for Justice Annual Convention as Keynote Speaker

Thank you to the North Carolina Advocates for Justice for inviting Lance Cooper to speak at its Annual Convention as the keynote speaker.

Lance spoke on being a trial lawyer in a lunch named “Being a Trial Lawyer: It’s not just a job, it’s an adventure.” During his speech Lance shared on his personal experience in being a trial lawyer for the past twenty years, as well as some of his latest experiences related to the GM ignition switch.

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I certainly have hope – Marietta Daily Journal


I certainly have hope – Marietta Daily Journal

Orphan Aid Liberia – Area nonprofit raising money for children orphaned by Ebola

By: Hilary Butschek

Sherry Kerr, who has been on two mission trips with Roberts, said she encourages everyone she knows to donate to the organization.
“What better things is there to do at Christmas than give to children in need,” said Kerr, of Dallas.
Kerr and her office mate, Linda Stricker-Campbell, went to Liberia with Roberts in June of 2012 and 2013 and worked at the orphanage.
Kerr, 44, office administrator at Marietta-based The Cooper Firm, said she enjoyed playing with the children, who range in age from 3 to 20 years old.
“The kids are just amazing, and they want so much to be touched and loved,” Kerr said.
Stricker-Campbell, 50, who is a legal assistant at The Cooper Firm and lives in Marietta, said she loves to cook for the children at the orphanage.
“Normally, the children have a diet of rice and beans. We’ll make large spaghetti meals for them and other things, but they only have a big fire and one pot. So, everything I make has to be a one-pot meal,” Stricker-Campbell said.

Read the full story here. 

Holiday Fundraiser at Marietta Law Firm Benefits Children Orphaned by Ebola – Daily Report


Holiday Fundraiser at Marietta Law Firm Benefits Children Orphaned by Ebola

By Katheryn Tucker

The Cooper Firm is hosting a holiday fundraiser to support children orphaned by Ebola in Africa.

Office administrator Sherry Kerr introduced her colleagues to Orphan Aid Liberia, a Cartersville nonprofit that since 2008 has aims to help 300,000 children who lost parents during a civil war. The Ebola outbreak has made the needs of the children of Liberia more urgent.

Both Kerr and Linda Stricker Campbell, a legal assistant at the firm, have traveled to Liberia to work in orphanages supported by the group. They introduced the head of the group, Daryl Roberts, to their firm founder, Lance Cooper. Last year, Cooper and his son Asa joined Roberts on a fundraiser for the nonprofit, raising more than $80,000 as they climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

Read the full story here. 

The Cooper Firm Professional Open House Party 2014


We had a great time celebrating with other professionals at our open house party last month. Thank you to everyone who came out to visit.

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The Newest Member of our Team: Attorney Drew Ashby

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The Newest Member of our Team: Attorney Drew Ashby

drew ashbyWe are very proud to introduce the newest member of our firm, Drew Ashby. We hired Drew in April as an associate attorney. He has been a wonderful addition. Drew has litigated cases all over the Southeast including Florida, Louisiana, Tennessee, and South Carolina. He practices in all of the firm’s practice areas, with an emphasis on substantial personal injury and wrongful death cases, and product liability cases involving automobile design and manufacturing defects. He has obtained substantial verdicts and settlements in cases involving product liability, trucking accidents, auto accidents, and complex multi-vehicle pileups. Drew has also represented numerous former players in the NFL concussion litigation.

Before joining The Cooper Firm, Drew spent seven years mostly defending litigation in a variety of areas including product liability (with significant exposure to manufacturers in Asia), trucking accidents, auto accidents, professional malpractice, insurance coverage, business, and contract litigation matters. In that capacity, Drew litigated cases with Fortune 500 companies and eight of the top 15 largest insurance companies in the United States.

In his career Drew has served as civil counsel to the Georgia Secretary of State, the Georgia Securities Commissioner, the Georgia Real Estate Commission, the Georgia Real Estate Appraiser’s Board, a Special Assistant Attorney General, several large metro-Atlanta cities/counties, various receivers in RICO actions, and several District Attorneys throughout Georgia.

Drew has also worked with the American Center for Law and Justice to litigate First Amendment and other constitutional issues where he helped win a victory at the Supreme Court of the United States.

Drew graduated from Auburn University where he obtained a Bachelors of Science in Finance with a concentration in Economics. He received his law degree from Regent University School of Law where he served on the Trial Advocacy Board and worked as a legal intern with the Office of the General Counsel for the Department of Homeland Security.

Drew lives in Smyrna with his wife and two young boys where they are actively involved in Foundry Church, a local community-focused church in the Smyrna area. He and his wife are a part of a team that is helping to start the church and they are excited about its official launch in the coming months. We are very excited to have such a well-rounded and experienced attorney as a part of our team.

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Featured Client: The Indomitable Spirit of Justin Campagna


Justin CampagnaThe Cooper Firm would like to introduce one of our clients to you. Justin Campagna is an unusual young man whose story has moved everyone at the firm.

On September 7th, 2003, Justin Campagna was on his way back to Auburn University where he was a student. He had been visiting his parents for the weekend in Marietta with his girlfriend and was asleep in the passenger seat with his girlfriend at the wheel when an accident occurred. The car rolled three times, taking the life of his girlfriend. Justin was transported to a hospital where his father was told Justin had a zero percent chance of survival.

He had a broken back, a broken femur, two broken bones in his arm, a damaged liver, a severe blunt force wound from the gear shift and a severe head injury. His heart sustained trauma from the impact of the crash. His lungs were shredded from impact requiring him to be on a ventilator. Against the odds, he woke up 17 days later from a coma. During those 17 days he had gone into cardiac arrest three times. When he awoke, it was discovered that he was blind in his left eye, probably from the heart attacks, and that he could not move.

Not only did Justin need surgical and legal help, but he also needed the love and prayers of friends, family, professors and therapists. Though he couldn’t communicate at the time, later he told his parents that he sensed that Lauren was with him during surgery,
cuddling up against him and encouraging him with the will to live. After surgery, Justin was transported to the Shepherd Spinal Clinic, where he was declared a “complete spinal cord injury” and was told to expect to be in a wheelchair forever. He spent two months at the clinic learning to sit up and use a wheelchair. There was one important part of Justin that the accident did not touch, however. From his battered body arose an indomitable spirit. Four months after the accident, he went hunting with his father and a hunting club, using a prop to hold up his gun. The men at the hunting club also made several special modifications for him, including a wheelchair-accessible ramp. Soon he began driving using hand controls, and he re-enrolled at Auburn University.

For a year, Justin made a 90-minute drive each way, three days a week, to Fayetteville, Georgia, where he underwent therapy and attended classes at Auburn. After that, he quit school to attend therapy full time. Giving up was not an option. He boldly declared, “I am not conforming to this injury; this injury is conforming to my life.”

Today, Justin is walking on a treadmill, and he recently undertook a 100-meter race, while family and friends
with “Team Campagna” stood on the sidelines cheering.“This was extra meaningful to me,” Justin says, “because I used to run 100 meter races, and this race took place five years to the date of my accident.” Now, God’s grace and Justin’s determination will enable him to return to Auburn, live the life of a normal student, finish his political science degree and attend grad school. The Cooper Firm is proud to have represented Justin. Life is still his for the taking.


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