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June 1, 2011

A History of Pro Bono and Public Service: 1950s

Start of Pro Bono at Jenner & Block

Thomas P. Sullivan, Prentice H. Marshall and Jerold S. Solovy launched the firm’s commitment to the defense of indigent criminal defendants in the 1950s.  All three lawyers joined, and Mr. Sullivan later chaired, the Chicago Bar Association Defense of Prisoners Committee.  They not only represented indigent criminal defendants, but they also began recruiting dozens of other Jenner & Block lawyers to the same service.  From this, the firm’s nationally recognized pro bono program evolved.

CATEGORIES: A History of Pro Bono and Public Service, J Solovy, T Sullivan