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Our Pro Bono Commitment

November 9, 2022 Jenner & Block Team Secures Naturalization for Guatemalan Client

A team of Jenner & Block lawyers secured naturalization for Rafael Brito Matom, a pro bono client from Guatemala who was referred to the firm through our partnership with the National Immigrant Justice Center. The team supported Rafael through his application process and the civics and vocabulary assessments that are part of the interview process.  

The team included Partners Mark Davis and Wade A. Thomson and Staff Attorney Michael J. DeMar. Rafael is the sixth client Mr. DeMar has assisted through the naturalization process this year.  

TAGS: Partnership, Pro Bono

PEOPLE: Wade A. Thomson, Mark Davis, Michael J. DeMar

November 1, 2022 Jenner & Block Lawyers Secure Naturalization for Mongolian Client

A team of Jenner & Block lawyers secured naturalization for client Batsaikhan Badarch, whose case came to the firm from our partnership with the National Immigrant Justice Center. The team met with her on several occasions to fill out her N-400 application form and prep her for the interview and civics exam with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. Associate Jenna Conwisar took the lead in meetings to fill out her application, Staff Attorney Michael DeMar assisted with conducting a mock interview by playing the role of the USCIS officer, Associate Miguel Suarez Medina accompanied the client to her interview with the USCIS officer, and Partner Howard Symons supervised the team. This is a great example of cross office collaboration.  

PEOPLE: Howard J. Symons, Michael J. DeMar, Jenna L. Conwisar, Miguel Suarez Medina

October 24, 2022 Jenner & Block Celebrates 2022 US Pro Bono Week

In honor of US Pro Bono Week, Jenner & Block will be celebrating the impactful work our lawyers do to help shape the lives of countless individuals. The pro bono matters being highlighted this week are a small fraction of the work we are doing every day. The next Heart of the Matter Report, coming in February 2023, will detail more of the significant and life-changing service from this year. Below, we shine a spotlight on some of the pro bono activities in each of our US offices.

Chicago: Our steadfast commitment to pro bono and public service began in Chicago. Today, our Chicago lawyers are among the city’s most dedicated providers of pro bono legal services, working on a wide range of cases, including prisoner civil rights, criminal defense, reproductive rights, and immigration and asylum matters.

Los Angeles: Our Los Angeles office makes an impact by advocating for vulnerable and marginalized populations in the greater Southern California region. From foster children to asylum seekers to immigrant detainees, our clients need access to justice that our teams provide.

New York: Lawyers in our New York office are dedicated to providing quality pro bono work that creates impactful change in the lives of people in New York and nationwide. This year our work included fighting for reproductive rights, disabled transit riders, the underrepresented in our legal system, and protecting First Amendment rights.

San Francisco: Lawyers in our San Francisco office have worked on numerous pro bono matters throughout the year that have made real and impactful change in the lives of many. Whether fighting for LGBTQ+ rights, supporting local non-profits, or helping asylum seekers from Afghanistan, our lawyers are committed to supporting those in need of help.

Washington, DC: Our DC office provides high impact pro bono work to underserved and marginalized communities through the representation of clients in high stakes voting rights and redistricting litigation, and in significant immigration and trafficking cases. 

October 21, 2022 Collaboration with Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles Supports a Variety of Pro Bono Clients

Jenner & Block Associate Alice Kim has found a direct path to helping the Los Angeles area’s underserved populations: teaming up with the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, or LAFLA.

A nonprofit legal assistance organization, LAFLA provides free, high-quality legal services to more than 100,000 people living in poverty each year. Its Associates Advisory Board, an association of like-minded professionals dedicated to supporting LAFLA’s mission, provides leadership, fundraising, and pro bono service opportunities.  Alice was voted on that board in 2020.

Among other activities, Alice helps facilitate LAFLA’s remote and in-person clinics, recruiting Jenner & Block volunteers, raising client partnership opportunities, and coordinating clinic trainings. Clients served by LAFLA clinics in 2022 include domestic violence survivors who need help applying for restraining orders, Afghan asylum-seekers who need help completing their applications, and tenants who need help defending small claims court cases against their landlords.

 

TAGS: Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles

PEOPLE: Alice S. Kim

October 21, 2022 Jenner & Block’s Los Angeles Office Celebrates US 2022 Pro Bono Week

Our Los Angeles office makes an impact by advocating for vulnerable and marginalized populations in the greater Southern California region. From foster children to asylum seekers to immigrant detainees, our clients need access to justice that our teams provide. We support small businesses and nonprofits, and we represent clients in court-appointed matters from all the federal pro bono panels and before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Read on to learn about some of our cases and how they affected the lawyers who delivered success.

Partnership with Alliance for Children’s Rights Unites Foster Children with Adoptive Parents

“There is so much joy and gratitude when you see a baby or child enveloped into a loving home. In that moment, their life is changed forever. The Alliance adoption process lets us do a small part of helping these, and so many other, stories come true.”

Kirsten Spira, Partner

Jenner & Block Lawyers Win Asylum for Indigenous Guatemalan

“Doing pro bono work has helped me develop and diversify my skillset and made me feel more connected to my community. Many people in the immigration system don’t have access to counsel, and many are here in Southern California. Providing legal services to one family in need was a gratifying experience that has driven me to help others in the immigration system who can’t afford counsel.”

Kristen Green, Associate

Collaboration with Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles Supports a Variety of Pro Bono Clients

“My work with LAFLA has allowed me to help clients across the greater Los Angeles area who may not otherwise have access to legal aid. It is an honor to help others navigate and make sense of a system that often does not make much sense.”

Alice Kim, Associate

TAGS: adoption, Asylum, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, Pro Bono

PEOPLE: Kirsten Hicks Spira, Alice S. Kim, Kristen Green

October 20, 2022 Jenner & Block’s San Francisco Office Celebrates US 2022 Pro Bono Week

Lawyers in our San Francisco office have worked on numerous pro bono matters throughout the year that have made real and impactful change in the lives of many. Whether fighting for LGBTQ+ rights, supporting local non-profits, or helping asylum seekers from Afghanistan, our lawyers are committed to supporting those in need of help. Read on to learn what Partners and Associates have to say about how their projects have impacted them.

Securing Asylum for Afghanistan Refugees
“Helping those who face persecution in their home country is life-saving work for our client and a reminder of the great fortune my family has to live in a country with freedoms we sometimes take for granted. If we can help even one person avoid returning to a country where their life will be put in jeopardy based on their gender and choice of religion, we will have made an impact on the world.”
Reid J. Schar, Managing Partner, San Francisco

“Our client overcame many obstacles to become an independent, educated woman in Afghanistan, and to flee the Taliban’s oppressive regime. As the daughter of an immigrant who sought citizenship while studying in Arizona, I feel fortunate to be in a position where I can help others who are seeking a promising future in this country.”
Sophia L. Cai, Associate

Advocating for Transgender Communities Through Name Change Project
“Navigating the court system can be intimidating and challenging. It was extremely gratifying to use my legal knowledge and experience to assist my client in changing his legal name to match his lived experience. Our names are an integral part of our identities. They shape who we are and how others perceive us.”
Laurie Edelstein, Partner

PEOPLE: Reid J. Schar, Laurie Edelstein, Sophia L. Cai

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