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July 27, 2016 Watch Partner Andrew Merrick Accept the CBF Weigle Exceptional Young Lawyer Award

Picture of Maurice Weigle  Partner Andrew F. Merrick was named the recipient of the Chicago Bar Foundation’s (CBF) 2016 Maurice Weigle Exceptional Young Lawyer Award.  The award is named in memory of two exceptional lawyers – father and son – who each exhibited a lifelong devotion to the law and the community.  The son, Maurice S. Weigle, pictured to the right, was a Jenner & Block partner in the 1970s and ‘80s.  Specifically, the award is based on a lawyer’s contributions to furthering the ideals of the legal profession; making the organized bar an effective force for improving the profession and helping the community; and demonstrated commitment to pro bono and community service.  Please click  here to read more.

CATEGORIES: A Merrick, Awards, CBF

June 30, 2016 For 26 Years, Firm Maintains Top 10 Pro Bono Standing

Once again, Jenner & Block ranks among the top 10 in The American Lawyer’s guide to pro bono commitment among the nation’s 200 highest-grossing firms.  Based on 2015 hours, the firm ranks #7 in AmLaw’s 2016 guide.  Further, Jenner & Block is tied for 10th place in “breadth of commitment,” a chart that ranks firms by the percentage of US-based lawyers who performed more than 20 hours of work in 2015: 77 percent of Jenner & Block lawyers did so. In total, firm lawyers devoted 54,510 hours to pro bono work in 2015. AmLaw has ranked the firm #1 in pro bono seven times, most recently in 2015.

Please click here to read more of our pro bono statistics.

Earlier this year, Jenner & Block was named to The National Law Journal’s “Pro Bono Hot List,” one of only 10 law firms across the United States that made the list.

Please click here to read more about The National Law Journal’s “Pro Bono Hot List.”

CATEGORIES: American Lawyer, Awards

June 23, 2016 Firm Wins 2016 Exceptional Service Award from the ABA Death Penalty Representation Project

Death Penalty Pro BonoThe firm has won the 2016 Exceptional Service Award from the ABA Death Penalty Representation Project.  In noting the “exceptionally strong” pool of applicants under consideration this year, the Project’s Awards Committee felt that the breadth of our past and present pro bono commitments, along with our influence on the development of capital punishment law, set us apart.

To read more, please click here to learn more about the firm’s submission for the award.

CATEGORIES: ABA, Awards, Death Penalty

May 26, 2016 Judge Nominates Team for “Excellence in Pro Bono Service” Award

A Jenner & Block team won the admiration and respect of a federal judge, who nominated the team for an “Excellence in Pro Bono Service” award presented by the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the Chicago chapter of the Federal Bar Association. District Judge Matthew Kennelly had appointed Partner Matthew R. Devine to represent a client who alleged that a police officer in the Village of East Dundee had violated his constitutional rights. Associates Hillary E. August and Jordan C. Blumenthal joined the team. The team defeated a motion to dismiss and then settled the case on terms favorable to the client. 

Please click here to learn more about the award presented in May.

CATEGORIES: Awards, H August, J Blumenthal, M Devine