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Pro Bono and Community Outreach Opportunities*

Our Guiding Growing Businesses Small Business Legal Clinic is being held on October 6, 2022 from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm.  Join us! 

We are seeking volunteer attorneys to provide in-person, 20-minute consultations with small business owners
•    Small business owners will submit questions related to General IP, labor & employment, and contracts or business structure
•    ACC Chicago volunteers will pair up with NGE attorneys to meet with the clients

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More information
•    There is free parking at the GECDC location
•    Small business clients will be referred from the Greater Englewood Community Development Corporation, the Women’s Business Development Center, and Build Bronzeville
•    Small business clients will submit their legal questions or issues (and conflicts information) in advance
•    NGE, ACC Chicago, and The Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights are committed to hosting meetings with the highest level of safety standards possible to ensure the well-being of all of attendees and will adhere to those standards as required by applicable law. We continue to monitor the situation and will relay necessary precautions immediately prior to the event, if necessary
•    Coffee and snacks will be provided
•    Attorneys are not expected to provide further legal assistance after the clinic

Support Volunteers Will Receive
•    There will be a brief Attorney Volunteer Orientation via Zoom on Monday, October 3 from 12:00-12:30 pm CT
•    The Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights staff attorneys will be present at this clinic to assist and provide sample presentation materials and fact sheets to volunteers
•    The Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights will provide professional liability coverage for all participating ACC Chicago attorneys
•    NGE attorneys will be paired with ACC volunteers to jointly meet with small business owners and provide legal advice for basic IP, Employment, and Corporate questions

 

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the ACC Chicago's Pro Bono Committee is to identify and facilitate legal pro bono service opportunities for ACC Chicago members.

PRO BONO COMMITTEE

The Pro Bono Committee has periodic conference calls to discuss ways to connect ACC Chicago members with pro bono opportunities, manages an opt-in listserv notifying members of service opportunities, manages an opt-in listserv notifying members of service opportunities, and host 3-4 volunteer and/or CLE events a year. If you would like to be placed on ACC Chicago's Pro Bono listserv and receive periodic emails regarding pro bono opportunities, please send an email to Chicago@accglobal.com

Pro Bono Opportunity Resources


 

*The ACC does not endorse any particular pro bono or nonprofit organization or opportunity. Please contact the organization directly for more information. Practice Tip: Many organizations provide malpractice insurance for volunteers pursuant to the pro bono work.

Chicago Bar Foundation
Charitable arm of the Chicago Bar Association which mobilizes the Chicago legal community around the cause of ensuring that everyone in the Chicago area has equal access to justice

Chicago Volunteer Legal Services    

  • 45+ years with over 3,000 volunteer attorneys serving over 18,000 clients annually in various areas of legal need
  • Contact website for current volunteer opportunities.

Illinois Legal Aid Online's Corporate Counsel Home Page

The Law Project (TLP)      

  • 25 year history coordinating pro bono transactional legal assistance arm of the Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights for community-based nonprofit organizations and low/mod-income business entrepreneurs.
  • For info on current opportunities, please contact espanglerraz@thelawproject.org or Executive Director Jody Adler.  You may also sign up for the ACC Chicago pro bono opt-in listserv for periodic updates.

Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago

Illinois Rules regarding

In-House Counsel handling pro bono matters

Pro Bono Reporting:  Pursuant to Illinois Supreme Court Rule 756(f), as a requirement of annual registration with the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, each lawyer shall report the approximate amount of his or her pro bono legal service and the amount of qualified monetary contributions made during the preceding 12 months.  The rule defines pro bono legal services as the delivery of legal services or the provision of training without charge or expectation of a fee, including: 

(a) legal services rendered to a person of limited means;

(b) legal services to charitable, religious, civic, community, governmental or educational organizations in matters designed to address the needs of persons of limited means;

(c) legal services to charitable, religious, civic, or community organizations in matters in furtherance of their organizational purposes; and

(d) training intended to benefit legal service organizations or lawyers who provide pro bono services.

As the comments to Rule 756(f) underscore, the pro bono reporting requirement is "intended to serve as an annual reminder to the lawyers of Illinois that pro bono legal service is an integral part of a lawyer's professionalism."

http://www.iardc.org/rulesSCT.html#Rule 756

http://www.illinoislegalaid.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.dsp_content&contentID=5285

Multijurisdictional Practice: Per revised Rule 716(g), registered Illinois in-house counsel who are licensed in other states may provide pro bono legal services. 

http://www.iardc.org/rulesSCT.html#Rule 716

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