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April 4, 2012

A History of Pro Bono and Public Service: 1980s

Leader of Court Reform in Illinois, Solovy Commission (1984-92)

Jerold S Solovy with Ruth Page Portrait

Partner Jerold S. Solovy was recognized as an enduring leader in the movement for court reform in Chicago and Illinois.  The “Solovy Commission” made approximately 200 reform proposals and, by 1988, it issued numerous reports on the judicial selection process and the financial interests of judges.  In 1992, Mr. Solovy served as chairman of the Illinois Supreme Court Special Commission on the Administration of Justice, now known as the “Solovy Commission II.”

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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