October 22-27, 2012
"Pro Bono: A Gift not a Chore"
The CBA and CBF will sponsor Chicago's 8th Annual Pro
Bono Week from October 22-27, 2012. The Week is chaired by Alison
C. Conlon, Barnes & Thornburg LLP, and Leslie A. Wallin, CARPLS
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 2012, Chicago will be joined by
communities across the county in the American Bar Association's National Pro Bono
Pro Bono Week features several events for the legal
19th Annual CBA
Young Lawyers Section's Pro Bono and Community Service Fair
Co-sponsored by The Chicago Bar
Foundation and Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Tuesday, October 23, 2012; 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Meet with representatives from 50 of Chicago's legal
aid, pro bono and community service organizations to network with
likeminded professionals and uncover the volunteer opportunity you have
been seeking. The event will be held at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, 300 N.
LaSalle St., Chicago. Refreshments will be served. Please note: This
complimentary event is open to law students and lawyers of
all levels of legal experience. The evening's program will indicate
the level of experience required by a particular organization.
a list of participating organizations (in PDF).
MCLE Programs at The Chicago
Complimentary MCLE programs will be held
at the CBA (unless otherwise noted). In the spirit of
Pro Bono Week, attendees are expected to accept a pro bono case in any
area of law within the next six months following the MCLE. Seminars
Everything You've Wanted to Know About
Representing People with Disabilities But Were Afraid to Ask (and how to
get involved with pro bono)
Monday, October 22, 2012; 3:00-5:00 p.m. (2 IL PR or MCLE
Credit, subject to approval)
Speakers: Barry Taylor, Equip for
Equality; more speakers added soon.
This program will provide practical guidance about representing
clients with disabilities on a wide range of topics. See full
details under registration link.
Using Legal Skills to Protect Voting
Wednesday, October 24, 2012; 9:00-11:00 a.m. (2 IL MCLE
Speakers: Marissa Liebling, Chicago
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law; and
Terrence J. Dee, Kirkland & Ellis
This program is designed to provide lawyers
with all of the information they need to volunteer on election day
through the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights’
nonpartisan Election Protection Program. We will provide an
overview of the essential election laws, including the Voting Rights
Act, the National Voter Registration Act, the Help America Vote Act and
the Americans with Disabilities Act. See full details under registration
- Walk a Month in My Shoes
Thursday, October 25, 2012; 2:00-5:00 p.m./St. Peter's in the
Loop, 110 W. Madison Street (basement) (2.25 IL Professional
Responsibility Credit, subject to approval)
Speaker: Tiela Chalmers, Tiela Chalmers
This interactive training program is designed to help the legal
community better understand the hardships faced by their low-income
clients. As lawyers, we are trained to evaluate and address legal
issues, but being an effective advocate requires us to understand our
clients’ circumstances beyond the legal issues. In this
thought-provoking workshop for the Chicago legal community, each
attendee will be assigned a life circumstance and try to make it through
a simulated month, dealing with issues of transportation, child-care and
unexpected events. This workshop offers the chance to better understand
how to work effectively with low-income clients, and to consider
critically the ways in which we deliver services. If you have
questions about this program, email Kelly
- Wills for Heroes
Saturday, October 27, 2012 • 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
• Geneva Fire Department, 200 E. Side Dr., Geneva, IL
Volunteers are needed to create complimentary wills, living
wills, and other estate planning documents for local emergency first
responders and their spouses or partners. There will be a brief
volunteer training from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. and document preparation will
take place from 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. To volunteer,
click here to fill out RSVP survey. Since November 2001, the
Wills for Heroes program has prepared over 6,000 estate-planning
documents for first responders.
To learn more about pro bono opportunities,
visit www.chicagobarfoundation.org, www.illinoisprobono.org or contact Kelly Tautges at 312-554-8356.