CBA Record October 2017

CBA & CBF CELEBRATE PRO BONOWEEK WITH A LOCAL FOCUS For the Sake of the Community By Sally Daly

CBA Public Affairs Director C hicago-area attorneys who vol- unteer their time and talent to help those less fortunate will be recognized and unique efforts to increase pro bono legal work will be promoted as the Chicago Bar Association and The Chicago Bar Foundation mark Pro Bono Week 2017. The annual event, which began in Chicago in 2005 and has now become a national observance, takes place October 23–27. The week will include a series of sessions designed to celebrate lawyers’ pro bono efforts and also raise awareness among lawyers and the public about how pro bono work can improve the com- munity and the lives of the less fortunate. The events planned for the week are based around the theme “For the Sake of the Community.” As part of Pro Bono Week events, the CBA and CBF will sponsor one of Chi- cago’s largest pro bono and community service fairs on October 26. Lawyers attending the fair will be able to meet with representatives from more than 40 legal aid, pro bono, community service and mentoring organizations to learn how they can provide the type of pro bono service that best meets their interests. More information on the specifics of Pro Bono week can be found at either probonoweek



conversation related to the theme of justice. From 6 to 8 p.m. at Revolution Brewing, 2323 N. Milwaukee Ave. Wednesday, October 25– How Pro Bono Contributes to a Successful Career. A panel discussion that will explore how lawyers can gain experience, confidence and make connections through pro bono work. From Noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Chicago Bar Association, 321 S. Plymouth Court. Thursday, October 26– 24th Annual Pro Bono and Community Service Fair. From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, 300 N. LaSalle. Friday, October 27– Effective Representa- tion of Individuals with Mental Health Conditions. This seminar will explore the best practices, strategies and resources for attorneys representing pro bono clients with mental health conditions. FromNoon to 2 p.m. at Holland & Knight, LLP. The events for the week are all compli- mentary and are open to all Chicago area law students, attorneys, and other legal professionals.

Jan Feldman of Lawyers for the Creative Arts and Trisha M. Rich of Holland & Knight LLP are serving as co-chairs for Pro Bono Week 2017. “This year’s Pro BonoWeek explores the ripple effects of pro bono work by examin- ing how it creates opportunities for others, strengthens neighborhoods and encourages civic pride,” said Feldman. “When we help an individual or group with a legal issue, the rewards to us and our clients are so rich and immediate that we sometimes lost sight of the broader implications of our work.” The lineup for Pro Bono Week 2017 includes the following: Monday, October 23– Community Devel- opment through Pro Bono. This seminar will explore how pro bono work can help small businesses, creative professionals and entrepreneurs and work to strengthen communities. From 3 to 5 p.m. at Ropes & Gray LLC, 191 N. Wacker. Tuesday, October 24– An Evening of Stories and Community. This unique “story slam” will feature shared stories and

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