Pro Bono Week

The CBA and CBF will sponsor Chicago’s 16th annual Pro Bono Week from Oct. 26-30. All programming is free, virtual, and open to all legal professionals! Mark your calendars for this year’s events and register today:

Justice: An Evening of Stories and Community

Monday, October 26; 5 – 6 p.m.

Join your Chicago legal community colleagues for this annual fan favorite celebration to kick off Pro Bono Week with an evening of justice-themed stories told by audience volunteers. Interested in telling a story? Sign up and come prepared with a five-minute story to share. Storytellers and listeners alike are encouraged to attend!

Never Fully Free: Addressing the Harm of Permanent Punishments

Tuesday, October 27; 2 – 3:15 p.m.

1 hour of CLE credit subject to approval.

There are an estimated 3.3 million adults who have been arrested or convicted of a crime in Illinois and a vast web of 1,189 Illinois laws that function as permanent punishments–barriers that limit human rights and restrict access to the crucial resources needed to re-build lives. Heartland Alliance will present these research findings alongside legal aid organizations that work in the areas of law where you can advocate for the most impact as a pro bono attorney such as employment, housing, and education.

Good Trouble: A Documentary Screening & Film Discussion

Wednesday, October 28; 3 – 4 p.m.

1 hour of CLE credit subject to approval.

Grab your popcorn and settle into the comfort of your own home to watch this new documentary about the late Congressman John Lewis, a civil rights leader and American hero. You’ll receive a special private screening link to use anytime during Pro Bono Week that works for you. Then join us on Wednesday for a discussion of the film’s central topic, voting rights, and learn more about nonpartisan pro bono opportunities to protect one of our country’s most fundamental rights.

27th Annual Pro Bono & Community Service Fair

Thursday, October 29; 4 – 5:30 p.m.

Over 40 of Chicago’s legal aid, pro bono, community service, and mentoring organizations will gather at virtual “tables” to meet with members of the legal community. Hear directly from legal aid and pro bono attorneys about how you can make a difference. There’s an opportunity available to fit everyone’s schedule, interests, skills, and goals!

Featured Speaker (at 5 p.m.): Candace Moore, Chief Equity Officer, City of Chicago

Co-sponsored by the CBA Young Lawyers Section and Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Pro Bono Testimonials

Previous Years’ Testimonials:

In 2005, the CBF and the Chicago Bar Association launched our annual Pro Bono Week to celebrate and encourage pro bono work and to educate both the public and the legal community about how lawyers and legal professionals are improving the lives of the less fortunate. Inspired by the success here in Chicago, Pro Bono Week is now a National Celebration of Pro Bono.

For more information, contact Angela Inzano, at or 312.554.4952.