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Jenner & Block Summer Associates on August 14th got a unique look at the lessons learned in life and law when several partners and associates shared their recent experiences involving pro bono clients. The educational event was moderated by Partner Gail H. Morse, Chair of the Firm’s State and Local Tax Group and a member of its Pro Bono and Diversity Committees.
First-year Associate James C. Hartman recounted how he helped successfully represent a Liberian woman seeking political asylum in the United States based on horrific evidence of persecution endured at the hands of former Liberian President Charles Taylor. Partner Donald S. Horvath shared his experiences providing legal assistance in a wide variety of real estate transactions and to individuals who otherwise could not have afforded legal advice. Associate Christopher M. O’Connor discussed his work in defending a young man charged with multiple criminal offenses, including murder. And Associate Frank J. Eichenlaub IV described how he had helped incorporate non-profit organizations while working for the Community Economic Development Clinic that is affiliated with the DePaul Legal Clinic.