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At Chapman and Cutler, we believe that pro bono legal service provides an effective way for lawyers to broaden their legal skills while also supporting the many and varied communities to which we belong. Chapman strongly encourages its attorneys to honor the legal profession’s commitment to justice for all people by volunteering their legal know-how to organizations that serve the public interest and to disadvantaged individuals. We value our relationships with not-for-profit groups, communities, charities, and civic institutions, and we actively seek out and promote opportunities for involvement.

our service

Our attorneys have volunteered with dozens of organizations, fought for many different causes, and helped countless individuals around the world, from neighborhoods across the US to villages in Africa. We are currently supporting a variety of organizations and individuals with pro bono legal service, including:

Awards and Recognition

American Bar Association: Chapman and Cutler was recognized as an American Bar Association (ABA) Free Legal Answers Pro Bono Leader in both 2018 and 2019 for the work of our attorneys on behalf of the ABA Free Legal Answers program in Illinois. In addition to Chapman’s firmwide recognition, Associate and Pro Bono Counsel Sara Ghadiri was individually recognized by the ABA in both 2018 and 2019 for her work on behalf of Free Legal Answers. 

Cabrini Green Legal Aid: Chapman and Cutler was named by Cabrini Green Legal Aid as the 2012 Volunteer Law Firm of the Year. Chapman attorneys have been actively involved with CGLA for over 20 years, and have provided hundreds of hours of pro bono work to CGLA clients.

Chicago Legal Clinic: Chapman and Cutler was honored by the Chicago Legal Clinic with the 2019 Pro Bono Service Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the clinic’s mission to provide community-based quality legal services and education to the underserved and disadvantaged.

Gads Hill: Gads Hill, a Chicago-based family resource and educational center, presented Chapman with the 2011 Corporate Partner Award. Chapman has supported Gads Hill since Theodore S. Chapman gave our first donation of $100 in 1922, and the Firm continues to be a regular supporter of Gads Hill through sponsorship, pro bono, and board activities. We are proud to be involved with an organization that does so much for so many.

Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago: Chapman and Cutler received the Corporate Hero Award from Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago (NHS) in 2009. NHS was a pro bono client of the Firm at the time of the award, and we are still doing pro bono work for it today. We were humbled to receive such an amazing award from a client that assists low-income families in Chicago.

Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI): Chapman and Cutler was named to the 2020 PILI Pro Bono Recognition Roster, recognizing law firms and corporate legal departments for inspiring and life-changing pro bono work performed by attorneys and legal professionals in Illinois. This is the seventh time Chapman has been named to the roster since the launch of the program.

Pro Bono Updates

Chapman in Action Spotlight

Sara Ghadiri, Pro Bono Counsel

Chapman's Pro Bono Counsel Sara Ghadiri is a passionate advocate for people who cannot use their voice in the American legal system. In this Q&A article, Sara discusses her pro bono practice, and why she is so committed to justice. 

Chapman Joins Law Firm Antiracism Alliance

Law Firm Antiracism Alliance (LFAA)

We are proud to announce that Chapman has joined the new Law Firm Antiracism Alliance (LFAA) formed to work on pro bono projects and regulatory advocacy initiatives that seek to correct injustices in our legal system and to promote racial equality in the law and government institutions.

Chapman Pro Bono Matters Brochure

To learn more about pro bono at Chapman, please see our brochure: Pro Bono Matters.

Pro Bono Partners: 
Mark O'Meara
Rebecca Wallenfelsz

Pro Bono Counsel:
Sara Ghadiri

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