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On Saturday, April 5, 2014, several members of Jenner & Block’s African-American Affinity Group participated in a “Discover Chicago” program at the Charles R. Henderson Elementary School on Chicago’s south side. Sponsored by Chicago Cares, a not-for-profit that develops and supports volunteer programs to address critical needs in the Chicago area, the program is designed to give fifth grade students an up-close look at Chicago’s history, culture and architecture while encouraging the students to build social skills through cooperative work.
The volunteers – Partner Mercedes M. Hill and Associates Precious S. Jacobs, Tamara T. McClatchey and William L. Von Hoene – utilized art projects, books, games and other interactive activities to share their backgrounds with the students and help the students learn about Chicago.
The African American Affinity Group is one of five Jenner & Block affinity groups that play an important role in creating and maintaining an inclusive and supportive environment within the firm. The group focuses on networking, recruiting/retention and professional development, meeting on a regular basis to provide members with informal mentoring and opportunities to connect with professional organizations externally. The four other affinity groups are the Women’s Forum, the Asian Lawyers Forum, the Hispanic Lawyers Forum and the LGBT Forum.