Pro Bono

Schiff Hardin has a proud tradition of representing clients in public interest matters on a pro bono publico basis. Our firm takes pro bono matters from a variety of sources, which include legal services organizations — such as the Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (LCCR), the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (CVLS) — judges, bar associations, civic groups, state and municipal agencies, and the litigants themselves. We encourage and support our lawyers in initiating new types of pro bono activities, and many of our most important pro bono ventures have stemmed from the personal initiative of individual lawyers.

We have a particular focus on pro bono cases involving:

Schiff Hardin, as a "Privileged Member Firm" of The Practising Law Institute (PLI), supports PLI's partnership with the Chicago Bar Foundation (CBF) to provide free high-quality training to legal aid attorneys. Hundreds of legal aid attorneys in Chicago will benefit from this initiative, allowing them to better serve the more than one million low-income residents of Chicago who qualify for, and count on, their pro bono assistance. Schiff Hardin has also been named to the Public Interest Law Initiative "2012 Pro Bono Recognition Roster" in recognition of our firm’s continuing pro bono efforts.

Every year, pro bono matters engage significant time and talent from a substantial majority of our attorneys, and several of these cases have resulted in notable decisions and changes in the law. For the past three years, Schiff Hardin has met the American Bar Association's Pro Bono Challenge for large law firms by devoting more than three percent of total annual billable hours to pro bono activities.