Helping Legal-Aid

February 5, 2008

Chicago Bar Foundation initiative to help legal-aid organizations

More than 20 local law firms have joined a new Chicago Bar Foundation initiative to support legal aid and pro bono efforts.”Law Firm Leadership Circle” membership requires firms to commit to several goals, including encouraging attorneys to annually complete at least 35 hours of pro bono work and donating at least $300 a year per attorney to legal-aid organizations.

The circle expands on the Chicago Bar Foundation’s efforts to ensure access to the justice system. There are fewer than 300 legal-aid attorneys who serve more than 1 million low-income residents in the Chicago area.

Last year, the foundation launched a fundraising campaign to supplement the incomes of legal-aid attorneys, collecting about $900,000 from law firms and corporations. This year’s campaign will be led by Dan Webb, chairman of Winston & Strawn.

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