Pro Bono Week: October 22-26

The CBA and CBF will sponsor Chicago’s 14th Annual Pro Bono Week from October 22-26, 2018. 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 2018, Chicago will be joined by communities across the country for the tenth time in the American Bar Association’s National Pro Bono Celebration.


Margaret Duval Domestic Violence Legal Clinic

Greta G. Weathersby WEC Energy Group, Inc.

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

Voting Access Chicago
Monday, October 22
3:00-5:00 pm
The Chicago Bar Association
321 S. Plymouth

The right to vote is fundamental to a healthy democracy. Equip for Equality’s Voting Access Chicago is a non-partisan initiative to ensure that all of Chicago’s polling places are fully accessible to voters with disabilities and older adults who want to exercise their right to vote. Learn more about volunteering on Election Day, November 6, in 4-hour shifts as part of a team identifying barriers and conducting accessibility surveys of Chicago’s polling places. 1.5 hours of CLE credit subject to approval.

Justice: An Evening of Stories and Community
Tuesday, October 23
6:00-8:00 pm
Revolution Brewing
2323 N. Milwaukee

Get to know your fellow justice-minded colleagues and enjoy listening to stories of justice shared by volunteers from the audience. Interested in telling a story? Come prepared to share a five-minute story related to the theme (justice). Those who volunteer to tell stories will be entered in a prize raffle. Storytellers and listeners alike are encouraged to attend!

Addressing the Hidden Impact of Evictions
Wednesday, October 24
12:00-2:00 pm
Ropes & Gray LLP
191 N. Wacker

Over 25,000 eviction cases are filed every year in Cook County. What does that mean, and what is the impact on families and neighborhoods? As Matthew Desmond’s book Evicted makes clear, eviction is both a cause and a symptom of poverty, and the consequences of an eviction can be long lasting and far-reaching, negatively affecting a family’s health, education, and employment, while destabilizing neighborhoods and schools. Learn how legal aid advocates in Chicago work to reduce the negative consequences of eviction and homelessness, and how you can help. 1.5 hours of CLE credit subject to approval.

25th Annual Pro Bono and Community Service Fair
Thursday, October 25
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

Meet with representatives from 40+ of Chicago’s legal aid, pro bono, community service and mentoring organizations to find an opportunity that fits your schedule, interests and goals.

Breakfast with Judges
Friday, October 26
8:00-9:00 am
Holland & Knight LLP
131 S. Dearborn

Hear the judicial perspective on pro bono over breakfast with members of Chicago’s legal community. Opening remarks will be followed by small roundtable discussions led by members of the federal and state judiciary about professionalism and the importance of pro bono to the community. One hour of PR CLE credit subject to approval.

Pro Bono Week Testimonials:
2017  |  2016  |  2015  |  2014  |  2013  |  2012  |  2011  |  2010  |  2009  |  2008  |  2007  |  2006  |  2005

For more information, contact Angela Inzano, CBF Senior Manager of Advocacy & Engagement, at or (312) 554-4952.