Providing pro bono legal services is an essential aspect of every lawyer’s practice. In order to get the firm’s newest associates off to a solid start, every first year lawyer receives billable hour credit for their first year pro bono project. These projects vary from office to office, depending on each community’s needs and interests, and are supervised by the firm’s Pro Bono Legal Services Committee. 

Chicago office pro bono projects have included direct criminal appeals for indigents in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, preparing and presenting clemency petitions to the state’s Prisoner Review Board, and representing homeowners with discrete legal problems and advising/establising non-profits who serve diverse interests. The firm is the 2012 recipient of the Seventh Circuit Bar Association’s John Paul Stevens Award for Outstanding Pro Bono and Public Service to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and has been repeatedly honored by the Public Interest Law Initiative for its pro bono commitment.