Citizenship

40 Years of Partnership: The Power of Pro Bono

40 Years of Partnership: The Power of Pro Bono

In 1979, a group of Schiff Hardin attorneys adopted the CVLS neighborhood legal clinic housed in the Howard Area Community Center in Rogers Park, a culturally vibrant, yet economically under-resourced community in the Chicago area. Our lawyers headed up to the clinic each week, helping low-income Rogers Park clients get the legal assistance they needed to protect their rights.

Four decades later, the CVLS clinic, still staffed by Schiff Hardin attorneys, continues to serve low-income Rogers Park clients – proving the power of pro bono to advance change, improve lives, and bring justice.

2019 marks the 40th anniversary of Schiff Hardin’s partnership with Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, a preeminent pro bono civil legal aid provider. Over the past 40 years, more than 500 Schiff attorneys have represented 2,700+ CVLS clients, worked 75,000+ pro bono hours, and donated $15+ million in legal services for CVLS clients alone.

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Schiff and CVLS Celebrate
40-Year Pro Bono Partnership

Our unique and trailblazing partnership began with the first-ever firm adoption of a CVLS neighborhood legal clinic in 1979. MORE

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Pro Bono Leap Becomes Model for Firms Across Chicago

Schiff Partner Paul Dengel reflects back on the early days of founding the firm-adopted CVLS clinic and why it remains strong 40 years later. MORE

40 Years of Partnership:
The Power of Pro Bono

2019 marks the 40th anniversary of Schiff Hardin’s partnership with Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, a preeminent pro bono civil legal aid provider.