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Jenner & Block was recently awarded the Cabrini-Green Legal Aid Clinic’s (CGLA) Dr. Kenneth & Margaret Taylor "Spirit of Generosity" Award "for setting the standard of service in the community; for faithful volunteer & financial support; and for changing the lives of Chicago’s most vulnerable" at the CGLA’s annual dinner held on September 20 in Chicago.
"For years, Jenner & Block has demonstrated a tremendous commitment to Chicago's most vulnerable individuals and families by providing CGLA with board leadership, pro bono assistance and financial support,” said Rob Acton, Executive Director of CGLA. “We are keenly aware that our work is only as strong as the partnerships we have in the community and, year after year, Jenner & Block steps to the front of the line to get involved."
Jenner & Block has supported CGLA for decades. Former Jenner & Block Partner Prentice Marshall, who was one of the founders of the Firm’s Pro Bono Program, was the first Jenner & Block attorney to serve on the board of directors. Partner Jeremy M. Taylor is serving his second term as Chairman of CGLA's Board of Directors and Partners C. John Koch and Terrence J. Truax are both members of CGLA’s Advisory Board. Countless Jenner & Block attorneys have supported the Clinic over the years through representing CGLA clients in pro bono matters. The Firm has also supported CGLA by sending Summer Associates to serve as intake coordinators and by providing the clinic with financial assistance.
Jenner & Block Partner Barry Levenstam, Co-Chair of the Firm's Pro Bono Committee, accepted the award on behalf of the Firm. Mr. Taylor and Mr. Koch were also in attendance.
The Cabrini Green Legal Aid Clinic provides free legal services in the areas of family law, housing law, criminal law, and expungement, sealing, and clemency. Each year, CGLA offers free legal services to over 1,800 individuals.
Michael Gerson, formerly the Senior Policy Advisor and Director of Presidential Speechwriting for President Bush and now a Senior Editor for U.S. News and World Report, was the keynote speaker at the event and Cheryl Burton, news anchor for ABC 7 News Chicago, was the master of ceremonies.