Our Pro Bono Commitment
A History of Pro Bono and Public Service: 2000sLawrence v. Texas
Jenner & Block served as co-lead counsel with Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund in a civil rights decision that overturned a Texas anti-sodomy law. Partner Paul Smith argued the case before the US Supreme Court. The Court’s decision was widely considered to be the most important gay rights decision in a generation.
A History of Pro Bono and Public Service: 2000sWiggins v. Smith
Partner Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. convinced the United States Supreme Court to find, for only the second time in 20 years, that a death row inmate received ineffective assistance of counsel.
A History of Pro Bono and Public Service: 2000s
People v. Patrick Sykes
Partner Robert L. Byman represented Patrick Sykes, the defendant in the infamous “Girl X” case. The girl, who becomes known as Girl X, was raped and beaten in a Cabrini-Green high rise.
A History of Pro Bono and Public Service: 2000sLegal Status of Guantanamo Bay Prisoners
Jenner & Block Partners Jeff C. Colman and Thomas P. Sullivan led a team of lawyers who continue to be significantly involved in litigation and national debate surrounding the legal status of the prisoners being held at the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
A History of Pro Bono and Public Service: 1990sThe “Ford Heights Four” Case
Partner Robert L. Byman represented Dennis Williams, one of The “Ford Heights Four” who was released after serving 18 years on death row as a result of a wrongful conviction.
A History of Pro Bono and Public Service: 1990s
The “Baby Richard” Case
Partners Jerold S. Solovy and Robert L. Byman represented the adoptive parents in this highly publicized and controversial case involving a child known as “Baby Richard.” After an extended custody fight, Baby Richard was returned to his birth parents by the Illinois Supreme Court.