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Nearly 100 first year law students from law schools across the country attended Jenner & Block’s third annual “Winter Break Open House” reception, held last week at the Firm’s Chicago office. The event provided the students with an inside look at Jenner & Block and its commitment to pro bono service, and gave them an opportunity to learn about life as a member of the legal profession.
Jenner & Block Partners and Co-Chairs of the Firm’s Hiring Committee Katherine A. Fallow, Reginald J. Hill and Charlotte L. Wager welcomed the students to the Firm, and Partner Robert L. Graham, founder and Chair of Jenner & Block’s Environmental, Energy and Natural Resources Law Practice, offered his perspective on what the students can aspire to as future members of the legal profession.
Mr. Graham stressed the obligation of attorneys to balance their professional objectives with meaningful public service. A member of the American Bar Association’s Commission on the Renaissance of Idealism in the Legal Profession, he urged the students to “remember why they went to law school in the first place,” and encouraged them to work in a place where they are passionate about what they do and have the opportunity to help people who cannot help themselves.
He also advised the students to speak with representatives attending the event from various Chicago-based non-profit legal organizations that hire first year law student interns. Jenner & Block invited members of Business & Professional People for the Public Interest (BPI), the Cabrini Green Legal Aid Clinic (CGLA), the Chicago Legal Clinic, the Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC), and the Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI).
Mr. Graham noted that the Firm has a close relationship with these organizations and works regularly with them on pro bono initiatives. Jenner & Block Partner Anton R. Valukas is the on BPI Board; Associate Brian O’Donnell is on the Board of the Chicago Legal Clinic; Partner Jeremy M. Taylor is on the CGLA Board and C. John Koch and Terrence J. Truax are on the CGLA Advisory Board; Mr. Graham is on the Board of ELPC; and Partner Eric A. Sacks is on the PILI board.
Students came to Jenner & Block from law schools across the country, including: