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. 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.
Pro Bono Opportunity
In the wake of the recent executive orders, many undocumented immigrants fear detention or deportation. Parents are seeking information and legal help in setting up safety plans for their US-born children who might stay behind with family members or friends. Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (CVLS) is organizing legal clinics on Guardianship Planning for Immigrant Families. At these clinics, pro bono attorneys will sit down with families to help them put in place a plan for their children. These are private party documents that will not require a court appearance or any legal representation after the clinic date. Training is available live on some clinic dates, or attorneys can watch an online training video at their convenience. All are welcome but Spanish speakers are especially encouraged to participate! For those who do not speak Spanish or the language of the community in need, CVLS or the host organization will arrange for interpreters.
Dates will be posted at www.cvls.org. These events are not sponsored by ACC Chicago and are being shared for informational purposes only.
Community Outreach Opportunity
CRADLES TO CRAYONS
Saturday, August 26, 2017 12:30 to 3:30 pm
Cradles to Crayons is "Helping kids to prepare…every day." This charity provides the essential items children need to feel safe, warm, ready to learn, and valued. Volunteer shifts are hosted in their Giving Factory where volunteers have the opportunity to roll up their sleeves and sort, organize, and quality check the items donated to the organization. Volunteers work in various stations like outfits, library, and the toy shop depending on group size and the inventory, in order to make a full KidPack.
We are looking forward to a group of ACC members and their families volunteering for a two-hour shift which will begin with an orientation led by a Cradles to Crayons staff member and end with a wrap-up and an opportunity to learn the number of children impacted during the shift and to take group pictures. Lunch will be included.
Lunch at 12:30 pm
Volunteer Shift 1:30 to 3:30 pm
4141 W. George Street, Chicago 60641
REGISTER BY AUGUST 17TH
PLEASE NOTE - The Giving Factory is a warehouse environment and it is not climate-controlled. Volunteers are encouraged to wear closed-toed shoes and layered clothing they do not mind getting dirty. Volunteers work in stations to inspect, sort and package donations alongside other individuals and groups. There are about 35 free parking spots for volunteers. If you have food allergies or special needs please contact Chicago@accglobal.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.