Pro Bono

The Jenner & Block name is synonymous with pro bono advocacy.  Our passion for service began with the firm's name partners, Albert E. Jenner, Jr. and Samuel W. Block, who worked on many pro bono cases involving civil and constitutional rights and were widely recognized for their contributions to public service.  In the 1950s, Partners Thomas P. Sullivan, Prentice H. Marshall and Jerold S. Solovy launched the firm's pro bono program when, as active members of the Chicago Bar Association’s Defense of Prisoners Committee, they not only represented indigent criminal defendants, but also began recruiting dozens of other Jenner & Block lawyers to the same service.  Our long-standing commitment to public service is a vital part of our culture and who we are as lawyers and people.

How Our Lawyers Get Involved
Our pro bono program offers junior associates significant choice and flexibility.  From day one, we encourage our lawyers to identify matters that interest them and work under the guidance of a partner they choose.  The experience is valuable for lawyers at all levels.  Partners in the firm find it fulfilling to train and mentor associates who show an interest in pro bono advocacy.

Jenner & Block prides itself on its longstanding and deep commitment to pro bono. Our lawyers provide pro bono clients with the same level of professionalism, dedication, and service that we provide our corporate clients. Associates earn billable credit for up to 100 pro bono hours toward bonus eligibility, after which all pro bono hours will be considered in determining additional bonus amounts.

How We Serve Our Pro Bono Clients
The firm offers pro bono litigation and transactional assistance to organizations and thousands of individuals related to a wide range of legal areas.  From criminal to civil matters, from battles for human rights and civil liberties to death penalty challenges, Jenner & Block lawyers provide legal assistance to those whose voices may not have otherwise been heard in the justice system.

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About Our Pro Bono Committee

Our pro bono program is managed by a dedicated group of lawyers who volunteer their time and experience to this important effort. Jenner & Block’s Pro Bono Committee consists of five co-chairs who oversee the firm's comprehensive program, along with Committee members from across our six offices. To learn more, contact us at

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