Pro Bono Week: October 21-25

The CBA and CBF will sponsor Chicago’s 15th Annual Pro Bono Week from October 21-25, 2019. In 2005, the CBA and the CBF launched our annual Pro Bono Week with the twin goals of honoring lawyers’ pro bono efforts and educating the public and the legal community about how these lawyers are improving the lives of the less fortunate. In 2019, Chicago will be joined by communities across the country for the tenth time in the American Bar Association’s National Pro Bono Celebration.

Lawyers, law students, and other legal professionals from all backgrounds are welcome. All events are complimentary and open to the legal community.


Hon. Nichole Patton
Hon. Nichole C. Patton
Circuit Court of Cook County

Kate Shank
Katherine W. Shank
Legal Aid Chicago

Walk a Mile in Their Shoes: Youth-Centered Simulation
Monday, October 21
2:30-4:30 pm
Baker McKenzie LLP
300 E. Randolph
Youth involved in the child welfare or juvenile justice systems must confront many different institutions which often don’t coordinate or communicate with each other. Through this experiential learning simulation, you will explore what it’s like to be a young person involved with the justice system and how community lawyering and pro bono can make a difference. 1.75 hours of PR CLE subject to approval.

Justice: An Evening of Stories and Community
Tuesday, October 22
6:00-8:00 pm
Revolution Brewing
2323 N. Milwaukee
Join your Chicago legal community colleagues to learn and celebrate during an evening of justice-themed stories told by audience volunteers. Interested in telling a story? Come prepared with a five-minute story to share with the audience and you will be entered in a raffle drawing for a prize. Storytellers and listeners alike are encouraged to attend! Drinks and heavy appetizers will be provided.

26th Annual Pro Bono and Community Service Fair
Wednesday, October 23
5:00-7:00 pm
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
155 N. Wacker
Presented by the Young Lawyers Section Co-sponsored by the CBF and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Over 40 of Chicago’s legal aid, pro bono, community service, and mentoring organizations will gather 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! Drinks and heavy appetizers will be provided.

Community Lawyering and Pro Bono Service
Thursday, October 24
8:30-10:00 am
Chicago Bar Association
321 S. Plymouth
Community lawyers work collaboratively in the communities they serve to better understand legal needs and deliver accessible and impactful legal services. How can pro bono lawyers join and support this growing movement? Hear from lawyers who have worked to build community-centered programs and practices and learn how you can support these efforts. Continental breakfast will be provided. 1 hour of CLE credit subject to approval.

Immigration 101: What’s Going On and How Can I Help?
Friday, October 25
12:00-2:00 pm
Sidley Austin LLP
One S. Dearborn
Immigration law and practice are changing so quickly it can be challenging to keep up with the latest updates. Hear from the experts about the current landscape, both nationally and in Illinois, and learn more about how you can get involved as a pro bono attorney. Lunch will be provided. 1.5 hours of CLE credit subject to approval.

Pro Bono Testimonials

For more information, contact Angela Inzano, at or (312) 554-4952.