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December 12, 2011

A History of Pro Bono and Public Service: 1970s

Elrod v. Burns

US Supreme Court Pro BonoJohn C. Tucker, a lawyer and partner at Jenner & Block from 1958 to1985, argued this case in the US Supreme Court.   Agreeing with Mr. Tucker’s argument, the Court struck down Chicago’s patronage system.  Mr. Tucker helped win $1.2 million in back pay for Republican deputies fired when Democrat Richard Elrod became sheriff in 1970.

CATEGORIES: A History of Pro Bono and Public Service, J Tucker, US Supreme Court