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Jenner & Block was named a Law360 top “Pro Bono Firm of 2011” and profiled in the online publication’s July 18 edition. This is the second year in a row that the Firm has been selected for this honor, having also been recognized in 2010, in Law360’s inaugural “Top Pro Bono Firm” series.
This year, according to Law360, it selected firms for “dedicating a significant number of attorney hours and racking up big wins” in pro bono matters. The publication’s lengthy profile of the Firm noted its “established history of pro bono work and the self-propelled commitment of its attorneys” to take on pro bono matters, and mentioned the role that Partner Thomas P. Sullivan, the Firm’s late Chairman Emeritus Jerold S. Solovy and another Jenner & Block partner, the late Hon. Prentice Marshall, played in the growth of the pro bono program.
Pro Bono Committee Co-chairs Gabriel A. Fuentes and Julie M. Carpenter were quoted and Committee Co-chair Brian J. Fischer was mentioned in the article. Mr. Fuentes told Law360, “We’re blessed that our lawyers are as interested in doing this work as they are…Our attorneys very much want to do this work.”
Several recent pro bono successes were featured in the profile, including Christian Legal Society v. Martinez, Martinez v. Calimlim and State v. Pursley and the lead attorneys on those cases – Partners Paul M. Smith, Martina E. Vandenberg and Andrew W. Vail – were quoted. The article also referred to a matter the Firm successfully handled regarding a trust benefitting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. An earlier article kicking off the series noted the Firm’s work representing the women inmates at Wisconsin’s Taycheedah Correctional Institution in a unique prisoner rights case.