Jenner & Block is proud of its 2019 pro bono results:
A History of Pro Bono and Public Service: 1980sLeader of Court Reform in Illinois, Solovy Commission (1984-92)
Partner Jerold S. Solovy was recognized as an enduring leader in the movement for court reform in Chicago and Illinois. The “Solovy Commission” made approximately 200 reform proposals and, by 1988, it issued numerous reports on the judicial selection process and the financial interests of judges. In 1992, Mr. Solovy served as chairman of the Illinois Supreme Court Special Commission on the Administration of Justice, now known as the “Solovy Commission II.”
A History of Pro Bono and Public Service: 1980sLeader of “Greylord” Investigation in Chicago
As U.S. attorney from 1977-1981, Thomas P. Sullivan conceived and implemented the “Operation Greylord” investigation of the Cook County court system in Illinois. The operation, which became public in 1984, uncovered widespread corruption and eventually resulted in numerous indictments and convictions of public officials.
A History of Pro Bono and Public Service: 1980sFirst Female Chair of ABA Section of Litigation
In 1982, Partner Joan M. Hall became the first female chair of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation. That same year, she was the fourth woman elected as a Fellow to the American College of Trial Lawyers. From 1985 to1991, she served on the ABA’s Federal Judiciary Committee. After retiring from the practice of law, she went on to be the founder and president of the Board of Directors of the Young Women’s Leadership Charter School of Chicago. The only all-girls charter public school in the city, the school opened in 2000.
A History of Pro Bono and Public Service: 1970sUnited States Attorney for Northern District of Illinois
Partner Thomas P. Sullivan served four years as United States attorney for the Northern District of Illinois. He rejoined the firm after his service.
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A History of Pro Bono and Public Service: 1970sIllinois State Board of Elections v. Socialist Workers Party
In 1978, Associate Jeffrey D. Colman argued this case in the U.S. Supreme Court. The case arose out of the need for a special mayoral election in Chicago following the death of Mayor Richard J. Daley. At issue was a disparity in signature requirements for independent candidates running for statewide versus local office. The Supreme Court unanimously (albeit in five opinions) adopted our argument that the signature requirement disparity violated equal protection guarantees.