The mission of the ACC Chicago's Pro Bono Committee is to identify and facilitate legal pro bono service opportunities for ACC Chicago members.
PRO BONO COMMITTEE
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, manages an opt-in listserv notifying members of service opportunities, and host 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 Chicago@accglobal.com.
For all other pro bono committee inquiries, please contact Chicago@accglobal.com.
Pro Bono and Community Outreach Opportunities*
We are actively researching opportunities for outreach and service during the COVID-19 pandemic. More info will be published as soon as we are able.
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/pdf/pro-bono/opportunities-guide.pdf
- 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.
- Mobile app: http://illinoisprobono.org/apps
- Nationally recognized organization which develops technology and information to increase access to justice for Illinois residents
- Contact website or Kevin Zickterman
- 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.
- 45+ years serving Chicago and suburbs in many facets of legal issues
- Contact website or LAF Coordinator Katherine Shank
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.