Pro Bono & Public Service Vedder Community
Pro Bono Partnerships and Representative Matters
Vedder Price partners with public service organizations around the world to provide pro bono legal assistance to those in need. In 2019, Vedder Price lawyers dedicated nearly 7,000 hours to those who cannot afford legal services. Recent pro bono highlights include working with the National Immigrant Justice Center and KIND (Kids In Need Of Defense) to represent low-income immigrants, refugees, and people seeking asylum in the United States; working with Chicago Volunteer Legal Services to act as guardians ad litem in court cases involving the interests of children; and working with the TransLatin@ Coalition to assist with their mission of advocating for the issues and needs of transgender Latin@ community living in the United States. A list of some of our pro bono partner organizations follows below.
Additionally, Vedder Price sponsors postgraduate public interest work as part of the Public Interest Law Initiative’s Graduate Fellows Program, which allows an incoming Vedder Price first-year associate to work at a public interest legal aid organization in Illinois while studying for the bar exam.
Legal Aid Chicago
Mission: Fights for justice for people living in poverty.
- Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights
Mission: Helps to build, strengthen, and support community-based organizations focused on economic development and delivery of social services in Chicago’s low-income neighborhoods.
- Lawyers for the Creative Arts
Mission: Provides pro bono legal assistant to clients in all areas of arts, culture, media, and entertainment.
- National Immigrant Justice Center
Mission: Provides comprehensive legal services to low-income immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers.
- Chicago Volunteer Legal Services
Mission: Coordinates, supports, and promotes pro bono representation of the Chicago area’s poor.
- Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice
Mission: Works to remove systemic problems in our courts for low income families, persons of color, immigrants, and the working poor.
KIND – Kids in Need of Defense
Mission: Ensures that no child appears in immigration court without high quality legal representation; ensures children’s protection and uphold their right to due process and fundamental fairness; and
advances durable solutions to child migration that are grounded in the best interests of the child so that no child is forced to involuntarily migrate.
- Community of Hope
Mission: Creates opportunities for low-income families in Washington, DC, including those experiencing homelessness, to achieve good health, a stable home, family-sustaining income, and hope.
Help for Heroes
Mission: Provides lifetime support to those wounded in the service of their country
Mission: Connects volunteer lawyers with people in need of legal advice, who are not eligible for legal aid and cannot afford to pay and with the not-for-profit organisations that support them.
Mission: Advocates for the issues and needs of Trans Latin@ community living in the United States.