Over the years, Everett has devoted a significant part of his practice to pro bono representations that have included several trials. He was the lead trial lawyer in both a statewide class action concerning the treatment and conditions of civilly committed individuals and a later individual action. This latter case is one of the few ever to hold that a state official violated the “professional judgment” standard required to prove a Due Process claim under the 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution.
Everett served nine years on the Board of Directors of the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago (LAF). LAF provides legal services each year to more than 40,000 of Cook County’s poorest and most vulnerable residents.