Butler Rubin believes that no firm is too small to do pro bono work. Each year, Firm lawyers devote at least 2% of their billable time to pro bono matters. The firm is regularly named to the Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI)* Pro Bono Honor Roll, participates annually in the Investing in Justice Campaign of the Chicago Bar Foundation and as a donor to the many pro bono organizations, and partners with clients on projects aimed at inspiring access to justice.
We consider ourselves a leader in representing disenfranchised individuals without access to justice. We have championed the rights of the disabled in a landmark against the Chicago Transit Authority, the lawyers of the Guantanamo detainees with respect to electronic monitoring of their privileged communications, two death row inmates later pardoned by the Governor of Illinois, and parents of children displaced by the massive closures of Chicago Public Schools. The Firm’s lawyers also regularly work as volunteer attorneys handling political asylum and immigration cases for the National Immigration Justice Center. We also have partnered with a wide range of legal service agencies, including Lawyer’s for the Creative Arts, Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago, Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, on both individual and impact litigation.
Our pro bono efforts have included:
- Working with the Public Interest Law Initiative to develop a handbook for pro bono attorneys and agencies;
- Participating in legal community panels on best practices in pro bono and charitable giving;
- Holding legal clinics with our corporate clients to obtain deferred action status for immigrant youth; and
- Adopting a tutor-mentor organization on the south side of Chicago.
In addition, our Firm and partners have been recognized for pro bono commitment. For example, our Pro Bono Director and partner James Morsch was awarded the Midwest Light of Human Rights Award by Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center, as well as the Barristers Philanthropic Award by Lawyers Lend-A-Hand to Youth. One of our associates was awarded the prestigious Maurice Weigle Exceptional Young Lawyer Award for his pro bono service to death row inmates.
* In June 2010, Butler Rubin was named to the inaugural Public Interest Law Initiative (“PILI”) Pro Bono Recognition Roster. Selection criteria included the percentage of staff participation, a significant increase in the number of pro bono hours from the previous year, innovative steps to expand the pro bono program and participation in the Chicago Bar Foundation’s Leadership Circle.
For more information, please contact James Morsch at 312-696-4457, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Sandra Durkin at 312-242-4121, email@example.com.
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