A Safe Place, a leading advocate for eliminating domestic violence, has honored Schiff Hardin LLP with its 2016 Partners in Caring Award. A Safe Place honored the firm (and fellow honoree Lake County Housing Authority) at its seventh annual Unmask the Violence Gala on October 21, 2016.
Based in Zion, Ill., A Safe Place provides information and training about domestic violence to students, professionals, and the community. The organization strives to encourage a whole-community response to domestic violence, thus breaking the cycle of violence and fostering safe, healthy communities.
Schiff Hardin selected A Safe Place as one of its 2016 All Come Together (A.C.T.) partners. A.C.T. is a firmwide service initiative providing meaningful volunteer opportunities for attorneys and staff throughout the year. Schiff Hardin’s A.C.T. volunteers engaged in various projects with A Safe Place, including changing the facility’s environmental lighting to create brighter spaces for shelter clients. We also painted rooms of the shelter, creating a warmer, more welcoming place for clients. Our volunteers are also transforming the organization’s workspace. Schiff Hardin has again selected A Safe Place as an A.C.T. partner in 2017.
“Schiff Hardin is honored to receive the 2016 Partners in Caring Award,” said Marci A. Eisenstein, the firm’s Managing Partner. “We are proud to work shoulder-to-shoulder with such a tireless advocate for survivors of domestic violence, and we look forward to watching them continue to flourish for years to come.”
Our work with A Safe Place exemplifies our strong commitment to pro bono work. In 2015 alone, our attorneys worked on more than 370 pro bono projects for more than 220 different organizations. Last week, associate Adam Diederich accepted the 2016 Young Lawyer Pro Bono Award from the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law for his work ensuring high school students’ due process rights. In September, partner Paula M. Ketcham and associate Shawna Boothe received the 2016 CAASE Pro Bono Superstars award for their precedent-setting work on behalf of a sexual assault survivor. In June, associate Molly L. Wiltshire earned the 2016 NIJC Rising Star Award for her representation of asylum seekers from China and Cote d’Ivoire. The firm was also named to the PILI Pro Bono Recognition Roster for the fifth consecutive year.