October 16, 2006

Jenner & Block will once again welcome hundreds of attorneys and law students for the Chicago Bar Association’s annual Pro Bono & Community Service Fair on October 19 at the Firm’s Chicago office.  Now in its 13th year, the fair features dozens of pro bono clinics, public service organizations and mentoring programs which reach out to attorneys and law students who are looking to donate their time to worthy causes. 

Last year, nearly 300 attendees and over 30 public service agencies turned out for the event, which is co-sponsored by the CBA’s Young Lawyers Section, Jenner & Block, Exelon Corporation, and the Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI). 

The fair also is the centerpiece of the Chicago Bar Association (CBA)’s and the Chicago Bar Foundation (CBF)’s second annual “Pro Bono Week,” which is designed to educate the legal community about the wide range of pro bono opportunities that are available in the Chicago area.  In official proclamations, Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich designated October 16-20 as Pro Bono Week.

According to the event organizers, the need for pro bono service is an immediate concern – a recent study indicated that 80% of all civil legal needs of the poor in Illinois go unmet. 

The event is set to begin at 5:30 PM, and is free to attorneys and law students.  Attendees do not need to be a member of the Chicago Bar Association.  To RSVP please email or call 312-554-2032. 

Local pro bono clinics and service organizations expected to attend include:

  • Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Lend-a-Hand Program
  • Access Living
  • AIDS Legal Council of Chicago
  • Cabrini Connections: Tutor/Mentor Connection
  • Cabrini Green Legal Aid Clinic
  • Center for Conflict Resolution
  • Center for Economic Progress
  • Centro Romero
  • The Chicago Bar Foundation
  • Chicago Coalition for the Homeless
  • Chicago HOPES
  • Chicago Legal Clinic
  • Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (CVLS)
  • ChildServ
  • Christopher House
  • Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers
  • Community Economic Development Project
  • Constitutional Rights Foundation
  • Council on American-Islamic Relations
  • East Village Youth Program
  • Equip for Equality
  • Evanston Community Defender
  • Fairygodmother Foundation
  • Farmworker Advocacy Project
  • First Defense Legal Aid
  • Horizons for Youth
  • Illinois Legal Aid Online
  • JVS Chicago
  • Lawyer’s Committee for Better Housing
  • Lawyers for the Creative Arts
  • Legal Aid Bureau of Metropolitan Family Services
  • Legal Assistance and Resource Center, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago
  • Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago
  • Mercy Home for Boys & Girls Tutoring Project
  • National Immigrant Justice Center
  • Northwestern Children & Family Justice Center
  • Pro Bono Center for Disability and Elder Law
  • Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI)
  • YLS Volunteer Projects for the Community