CHICAGO (May 8, 2009) — In recognition of the more than 15 years McDermott Will & Emery LLP has provided substantial pro bono legal assistance to the Chicago Legal Clinic, the Clinic will honor the Firm with its 2009 Pro Bono Award.
The Chicago Legal Clinic will present McDermott with the Pro Bono Award at it annual dinner May 15 at the Hilton Hotel, 720 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago.
"We are thrilled to receive CLC's 2009 Pro Bono Award," said Latonia Haney Keith, the Firm's Pro Bono & Community Service Counsel. "McDermott has a long-standing tradition of supporting the communities of which it is a part, and we are proud of the partnership that we have developed with the Chicago Legal Clinic."
The Chicago Law Clinic's mission is to identify legal needs and provide community-based quality legal services and education to the underserved and disadvantaged in the Chicago area, thereby promoting justice through greater access to the legal system.
The Firm has provided pro bono legal services to the Chicago Legal Clinic's clients on a variety of matters, including landlord tenant disputes, income tax cases, immigration matters and guardianship for disabled adults. Recent examples include:
In support of the Firm's "green" initiative, McDermott lawyers are advising the Healthy Schools Campaign on intellectual property, tax and employee benefits issues.
McDermott also recently obtained social security disability benefits for 16-year-old siblings suffering from significant mental disorders, whose applications had been improperly denied.
McDermott Will & Emery LLP recognizes and appreciates the need to give back to the communities of which it is a part, assisting those who are unable to afford legal services. The Firm's Pro Bono & Community Services Committee seeks to ensure that the same Firm standards of quality, service and care that are given to its paying clients are also afforded to those it serves on a pro bono basis. The people of McDermott Will & Emery understand their unique obligations as lawyers to enhance the lives of those in need and are committed to ensuring that low-income and disadvantaged individuals have access to justice.