The ACC Chicago pro bono committee provides opportunities and information related to Chicago area pro bono involvement for in-house counsel. If you would like to be placed on ACC Chicago's pro bono listserv and receive periodic emails regarding pro bono opportunities, please send an email to the Chapter Administrator at Chicago@accglobal.com.
For all other pro bono committee inquires please contact Claire Battle and Catherine Smith.
The mission of the ACC Chicago Chapter's Pro Bono Committee is to identify and facilitate legal pro bono service opportunities for ACC Chicago members.
The pro bono committee has periodic conference calls to discuss ways to connect ACC Chicago members with pro bono opportunities, manages an opt-in listserv notifying members of service opportunities, and hosts 3-4 volunteer and/or CLE events a year for all ACC Chicago members.
Pro Bono Opportunity
National Immigrant Justice Center Webinar: Representing Asylum Seekers
This Thursday, February 2, from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m., NIJC will provide a training for pro bono attorneys interested in representing asylum seekers – including immigrant children and detained immigrants – before the asylum office and the immigration court.
Registration for the in-person event is full, but interested attorneys may register for the webinar, at the following link: https://www.immigrantjustice.org/calendar/training-representing-asylum-seekers-0
Please note the following: In order to represent one of NIJC's clients you will need to attend a live session of the training. Additionally, attorneys attending the webinar will not be eligible to Illinois CLE credit.
This event is not sponsored by ACC Chicago and is being shared for informational purposes only.
ACC Chicago Pro Bono Opportunity Resources
The ACC does not endorse any particular pro bono or nonprofit organization or opportunity. Please contact the organization directly for more information. *Practice Tip: many organizations provide malpractice insurance for volunteers pursuant to the pro bono work.*
Chicago Bar Foundation
- Charitable arm of the Chicago Bar Association which mobilizes the Chicago legal community around the cause of ensuring that everyone in the Chicago area has equal access to justice
The CBF guide to Chicago-area pro bono opportunities, including description of work, approximate time commitment, and availability of malpractice coverage, is located at the following address: http://chicagobarfoundation.org/wpcbf/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Guide_FINAL-high-res.pdf
Chicago Volunteer Legal Services
- 45+ years with over 3,000 volunteer attorneys serving over 18,000 clients annually in various areas of legal need
- Contact website for current volunteer opportunities.
Illinois Legal Aid Online's Corporate Counsel Home Page
The Law Project (TLP)
- 25 year history coordinating pro bono transactional legal assistance arm of the Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights for community-based nonprofit organizations and low/mod-income business entrepreneurs.
- For info on current opportunities, please contact email@example.com or Executive Director Jody Adler. You may also sign up for the ACC Chicago pro bono opt-in listserv for periodic updates.
Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago
Illinois Rules regarding In-House Counsel handling pro bono matters
Pro Bono Reporting: Pursuant to Illinois Supreme Court Rule 756(f), as a requirement of annual registration with the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, each lawyer shall report the approximate amount of his or her pro bono legal service and the amount of qualified monetary contributions made during the preceding 12 months. The rule defines pro bono legal services as the delivery of legal services or the provision of training without charge or expectation of a fee, including:
(a) legal services rendered to a person of limited means;
(b) legal services to charitable, religious, civic, community, governmental or educational organizations in matters designed to address the needs of persons of limited means;
(c) legal services to charitable, religious, civic, or community organizations in matters in furtherance of their organizational purposes; and
(d) training intended to benefit legal service organizations or lawyers who provide pro bono services.
As the comments to Rule 756(f) underscore, the pro bono reporting requirement is "intended to serve as an annual reminder to the lawyers of Illinois that pro bono legal service is an integral part of a lawyer's professionalism."
Multijurisdictional Practice: Per revised Rule 716(g), registered Illinois in-house counsel who are licensed in other states may provide pro bono legal services.