Savannah Assistant City Attorney Denise Cooper was recently recognized with the 18th annual Robert Benham Award for Community Service because of her community contributions beyond the law.
Cooper started in April 2016 with the city of Savannah’s code enforcement-property maintenance department on zoning and development services, including Chatham County Recorder’s Court.
City Attorney Brooks Stillwell said last week that Cooper is doing a “good job.”
”We’re very proud of her community service outside the law with a significant focus on mentoring young people through her church and Spelman College,” Stillwell said.
The Savannah native and 1995 graduate of Beach High School coaches high schoolers for mock trial competition, serves on the board at the Court Appointed Special Advocates and volunteers for the Susan G. Komen Race for a Cure.
At St. Paul’s CME Church, she is director of Christian education with 10 ministries, and coordinated the first Information Back-to-School Fest and Teen Church. She has led the development and implementation of an anti-bullying toolkit “Anti-Bullying: Trash Talking, It’s No Joke” and volunteers at the American Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia each year.
She is a member of the Junior League of Savannah, the Savannah chapter of The Links Inc., an international social service black women’s organization and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., a service sorority.
“It’s amazing all the things she’s involved in,” Stillwell said.
The Benham Award was created in 1996 by then-Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Benham and others amid concerns that a decreasing number of the state’s lawyers were active in leadership positions in public and community services.
The award, which is administered by the state bar and the Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism, recognizes lawyers who continue to value the tradition of community service and who measure their success in ways other than financial gain.