Freeborn’s lawyers and staff are active in pro bono work and corporate social responsibility initiatives.
Our Pro Bono Policy allows lawyers to set aside 50 hours of billable time a year, with more available if needed. Many of our lawyers exceed this. Each year, we provide an average of 2,000 hours of legal work to the community: a donation of roughly $700,000.
The Pro Bono Committee coordinates these activities, reaching out to enlist volunteer attorneys for pro bono clients. Many of our lawyers have their own ideas and causes, based on their interests and relationships. Either way, we deliver the same diligence, passion and excellence to our pro bono clients as our paying clients have come to expect.
Here are some of the worthwhile organizations our activities support:
- Inspiration Corporation - One of our partners serves as an unpaid General Counsel for this organization, which helps disadvantaged people become self-sufficient.
- Interfaith House - A partner serves on the board of this organization, which assists ill and injured homeless individuals restore their health and achieve independence.
- The Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago - This is the principal provider of free legal services within our community.
- Lawyers for the Creative Arts - This nonprofit organization helps financially eligible clients in all areas of the arts.
- Rebuilding Together - A partner is a board and Executive Committee member for this group, which builds affordable housing and restores communities.
- Chicago Scholars Foundation - A partner is a board member for this organization, which helps underprivileged young people prepare for and successfully complete a college education.
- Cristo Rey Work-Study Program - we participate in a program that allows high school students to work at the Firm, earn money for their private high school tuition and be positioned to attend college. Our participation in this program is one way we give back for all that has been given to us and inspire young people to grow and develop their potential.