1 One South Dearborn Street Chicago, Illinois Phone: (312) locations Boston, MA Chicago, IL Dallas, TX Houston, TX Los Angeles, CA New York, NY Palo Alto, CA San Francisco, CA Washington, DC Beijing Brussels Geneva Hong Kong London Shanghai Singapore Sydney Tokyo MAJOR DEPARTMENTS & PRACTICES Administrative/Regulatory Antitrust Bankruptcy/Creditors Rights Energy Corporate Intellectual Property International Labor & Employment Litigation (including Supreme Court and Other Appellate Litigation) Real Estate Tax Technology Healthcare Life Sciences Transportation THE STATS No. of Attorneys: 1,686 No. of Offices: 18 Chair, Executive Committee: Carter Phillips Chair, Management Committee: Larry Barden Hiring Partner(s): Anthony Aiello Jennifer Hagle John Kuster Rebecca Wood EMPLOYMENT CONTACT Jennifer Connelly National Recruiting Director Phone: (312) Careers website: 565
2 Who s Who Does the firm have one or more pro bono coordinators and/or partners? If so, how many? 3 Please provide a general description of how much of their time each of your pro bono coordinators and/or partners spends on pro bono work and/or administering the firm s pro bono program (e.g., less than half of their time, more than half of their time, all of their time). Rebecca Troth is a full-time pro bono counsel. Kelly Huggins and Emily Wexler are attorneys who work less than full-time but their work is devoted exclusively to pro bono matters. Please provide the primary pro bono contact(s) s information below. Rebecca K. Troth Pro Bono Counsel Phone: (202) Kelly Huggins Capital Litigation Project and Political Asylum and Immigrants Rights Project Manager Phone: (312) Emily Wexler Veterans Benefits Project Manager Phone: (312) Website: Does the firm have a pro bono committee? How often does the committee meet? The firm-wide committee meets annually. Other committee meetings vary, with some offices holding monthly pro bono meetings and others meeting as needed. Please describe the composition of the committee. The committees in each office are comprised of the chair, who is a partner, and up to 10 partner and associate members. THE SCOOP Does your firm have a pro bono policy? How does the firm decide whether to take on a pro bono matter? The firm generates pro bono opportunities internally (through, for example, long-standing relationships with legal service providers, bar organizations and other nonprofits) and welcomes pro bono opportunities that firm lawyers wish to bring into the firm. Pro bono matters are screened for potential conflicts, appropriateness under the PBI and ABA definitions of pro bono, capacity, and our ability to do the work. In the last ten years, the firm has established four firm-wide initiatives: the Capital Litigation Project, the Political Asylum and Immigrants Rights Project, the Veterans Benefits Project, and the Africa-Asia Agricultural Enterprise Program. Has the firm signed on to the Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge? What are some of the areas of law in which your firm has performed pro bono legal work since 2012? Asylum, Bankruptcy, Civil rights, Community economic development, Death penalty defense, Disability benefits, Domestic violence, Education, Elder law, Environment, Fair housing/tenants rights, Family law, First Amendment and constitutional issues, HIV/AIDS advocacy, Homeless advocacy, Immigration, Indigent criminal defense, International human rights, Juvenile justice reform/children s rights, Nonprofit corporate law, Nonprofit incorporation/tax exemptions, Nonprofit intellectual property, Police misconduct, Public benefits, Real estate transactions, Social Security law, The arts and historic preservation, Veterans benefits/appeals, Voting rights Are there areas of law in which, as a matter of policy or practice, your firm does not perform pro bono work? Consumer law and small claims court, Employment. List up to 10 of your firm s pro bono clients or partners since 2012, including legal service providers or clearinghouses. Equal Justice Initiative National Veterans Legal Services Program Brady Center ACLU Her Justice National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers National Immigrant Justice Center Public Counsel Bet Tzedek MALDEF Can associates bring pro bono matters of interest to the firm? Vault.com Inc.
3 List up to three representative examples of your firm s pro bono matters since Please limit your answer to a short paragraph per matter. In the past two years, multiple Sidley offices have helped service members obtain Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC) awards as part of our Veterans Benefits Project. These clients have been medically retired by the Armed Forces and awarded service-connected disability benefits from the VA, yet due to the traditional ban on concurrent receipt of both benefits, their benefits are offset against each other another. However, proving that a disabling condition is combat-related makes the clients eligible for additional disability compensation. In 2013, we took 23 new CRSC cases and helped 19 veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan receive CRSC awards. Successes included obtaining CRSC benefits for a retired U.S. Army Staff Sergeant who served in Iraq and who suffers from PTSD, traumatic brain injury, and a knee injury. Thanks to the award, the veteran received $58,000 in a retroactive award and will receive approximately $800 per month in additional disability compensation going forward. Sidley was one of the first major firms to offer assistance to criminal defendants in the Supreme Court. Recently, The Des Moines Register noted Sidley s role in the pro bono representation of the petitioner in the high-profile case Burrage v. United States, in which we wrote the merits briefs and aided trial counsel. Sidley and co-counsel represented the petitioner in challenging his conviction under 21 U.S.C. for distributing heroin that resulted in death. The Court agreed with our client s arguments that he did not cause the death (because there was no but-for causation), and on January 27, 2014, unanimously reversed the conviction. The ruling likely will affect a significant number of prosecutions for drug crimes throughout the U.S. Sidley in New York has a long-standing pro bono relationship with Her Justice (formerly inmotion, Inc.), a leading provider of free legal services to indigent and low-income women and children in domestic crisis who need assistance with divorces, orders of protection and other family law matters. In total, Sidley lawyers, summer associates and other volunteers devoted 2,170 hours to Her Justice matters in 2013, securing orders of protection against abusive husbands and fathers, fair divorce judgments, legal residency without reliance on the sponsorship of an abusive husband and court orders granting custody to caring mothers and providing for safe visitation arrangements, child support and spousal support. List up to three pro bono matters that are highlights (e.g., a Supreme Court case). Please limit your answer to a short paragraph per matter. In Hooper v. Ryan, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit vacated the district court s denial of our client s habeas petition, which challenged his 32-year-old convictions for murder, aggravated kidnapping, and armed robbery. The Seventh Circuit (Judge Easterbrook) held that the Illinois Supreme Court had unreasonably applied Batson in finding no prima facie case of race discrimination where the prosecutor struck all five eligible African Americans from the jury venire, thereby producing an all-white jury. The court held further that the defendant was entitled to an evidentiary hearing in which the state must articulate (and the district court must evaluate for credibility) non-discriminatory reasons for each of the prosecutor s peremptory challenges of African Americans in the original trial. The State declined the evidentiary hearing and the district court granted the writ, vacating our client s convictions and sentences. The State also declined to retry our client. Sidley secured significant victories in a case Sidley handles with the ACLU and the Stanford Immigrants Rights Clinic. In April 2013, the 9th Circuit upheld a preliminary injunction ordering the government to provide individualized bond hearings to a class of detained noncitizens within 6 months of detention. Before the injunction, some had waited years for a hearing, regardless of the merits of their claims. As the 9th Circuit noted, the injunction did not require anyone s release but simply entitled detained persons to a hearing. While ICE is entitled to carry out its duty to enforce the mandates of Congress, it must do so in a manner consistent with our constitutional values. Rodriguez v. Robbins, 715 F.3d 1127, 1146 (9th Cir. 2013). On remand in August, the district court entered a permanent injunction on behalf of the entire class. These twin victories have resulted in thousands of persons receiving bond hearings and hundreds of persons being reunited with their families. Three years ago, Sidley filed suit in Beaty v. FDA in the U.S. District Court in DC against the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on behalf of six state death-row prisoners seeking to prohibit FDA from allowing the importation or use of unapproved sodium thiopental for executions by lethal injection. In March 2012, the court permanently enjoined FDA from admitting future shipments of sodium thiopental into the U.S. after Sidley convinced the court that the FDA had violated the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act by allowing state corrections agencies to import the drug. Sidley defended the judgment before the DC Circuit in March 2013, and in July 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, in Cook v. FDA, affirmed the district court s holding that the FDA s decision to allow state correctional departments to import an unapproved new drug from an unregistered foreign source for use in lethal injections violated the Administrative Procedure Act. The United States declined to seek certiorari in the case. BY THE NUMBERS What is the total number of hours that lawyers at your U.S. office(s) spent performing pro bono legal services, as defined by the Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge, in 2012 and 2013? Do not include summer associate or non-lawyer pro bono hours in your answers. Total number of pro bono hours in 2012: 83,873 Total number of pro bono hours in 2013: 99,828 What was the attorney headcount in your firm s U.S. offices? Number of attorneys as of December 31, 2012: 1,359 Number of attorneys as of December 31, 2013: 1,421 Visit for company rankings, ratings and reviews to learn what it s really like to work in an industry or company and how to position yourself to land that job. 567
4 Using the number of attorneys listed above, what is the average number of pro bono hours per attorney in your firm s U.S. office(s) during the following years? Average number of hours per attorney in 2012: 62 Average number of hours per attorney in 2013: 70 What percentage of attorneys employed during 2012 and 2013 in your firm s U.S. office(s) did at least 20 hours of pro bono during that calendar year? Percentage of attorneys who did pro bono work in 2012: 41 50% Percentage of attorneys who did pro bono work in 2013: 41 50% SUPERVISION AND EVALUATIONS Is there partner supervision on all pro bono matters? Do partner supervisors or, if applicable, senior associates provide written evaluations of associates work on pro bono matters? Are those evaluations taken into account in determining salary or bonuses?, they are taken into account when determining salary., they are taken into account when determining bonuses. Are those evaluations taken into account in determining advancement within the firm? Is there a pro bono requirement at your firm? No Does the firm give billable hour credit for pro bono work? Does the firm have a maximum number of pro bono hours that can be applied toward the billable hour target? No Does the firm consider pro bono hours when determining bonuses? 568 PRO BONO POINTS What training opportunities are open to associates working on pro bono matters? attorneys participate in training seminars offered by local and national bar organizations, legal service agencies and pro bono organizations throughout the year to learn about legal topics that interest them or for purposes of a particular pro bono case. For example, the firm has offered several trainings in its various offices relating to the Capital Litigation, Political Asylum and Immigrants Rights and Veterans Benefits Projects. The firm also provides training or hosts on-site training by legal services organization. In addition, the firm sponsors continuing legal education seminars outside the firm related to pro bono matters. Does the firm offer the use of support staff in handling pro bono matters? Please indicate how many total hours and average hours per person your summer associates spent performing pro bono in 2012 and Total hours summer associates spent on pro bono work 2012: 4, : 3,801 Average hours per summer associate spent on pro bono work 2012: : 35 Percentage of summer associates in your firm s U.S. office(s) engaged in pro bono work 2012: 61% 2013: 61% Please provide any additional information about pro bono opportunities available to summer associates. The firm encourages all summer associates to become involved in pro bono matters and they are able to take advantage of the same opportunities offered to associates. Does the firm have established programs, such as externships, that enable its associates to work in a public interest setting? Please describe the established program(s) and their duration, if applicable. Sidley s Fellowship/Externship program allows associates to work at non-profit organizations in the community either before they begin working at the firm or, in the case of the New York office, after they have been with the firm for some time Vault.com Inc.
5 Through the program, Sidley provides a fellowship stipend or pays the salary of the Fellows or Externs to allow them to work for a non-profit organization for about 10 weeks. In Washington, DC, Los Angeles and Chicago, they can choose among a variety of non-profit organizations, including those that provide direct services to indigent people, as well as those that engage in impact litigation and policy work. In New York, associates work for three to four months at Her Justice (f/k/a/ inmotion, Inc.), an organization that provides free legal services to indigent and low-income women and children in domestic crisis. In April 2012, the DC office inaugurated a loaned associate program with the District of Columbia Legal Aid Society. Under the program, an associate spends approximately four months working with the Barbara McDowell Appellate Advocacy Project and is able to argue one of the cases on which he/she worked in the DC Court of Appeals either while at the Legal Aid Society or after returning to the firm. Since the program started, seven Sidley associates have completed a rotation with the Legal Aid Society. Sidley also sponsors Equal Justice Works Fellows. In 2013, the firm sponsored an EJW Fellow with the Legal Aid Society in New York City, and another with Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) in Boston. What other law-related public interest and community service programs (that are not pro bono as defined by the Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge) do you offer and manage? For example, list any law school collaborations and public interest scholarships, auctions at law schools, monetary support, or fellowships. Since 2006, Sidley has sponsored the United States Supreme Court Clinic with Northwestern University School of Law. The students help brief cases on the merits and identify court of appeals and state supreme court decisions as candidates for petitions for writ of certiorari, all in partnership with the firm s Supreme Court pro bono program. In 2013, the Clinic filed six petitions for a writ of certiorari and seven reply briefs. The Clinic wrote seven briefs on the merits, as well as several briefs as amicus curiae at both the petition and merit stages. The Clinic also hosted several speakers in In early March, Jeffrey Minear, Counselor to the Chief Justice of the United States, taught a class on cases falling under the Court s original jurisdiction. Later in the Spring, the Honorable Judge Gary Feinerman of the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Illinois (and former Sidley partner) spoke to students about Supreme Court advocacy. When the students visited Washington and attended arguments at the Supreme Court, Justice Thomas took time from his schedule to speak to them and offer his insights into Supreme Court practice. In the Fall of 2013, Donald Verrilli, the Solicitor General of the United States, taught the students about the role of the Solicitor General at the Supreme Court, while Dan Schweitzer of the National Association of Attorneys General taught a class on state attorneys general. Carter Phillips, Executive Committee Chair, and Jeff Green, Firmwide chair of Pro Bono, are the Clinic s head instructors. In New York, Sidley participates in the Justice Resource Center s MENTOR program, which pairs the firm with the High School for Leadership and Public Service, a New York high school where students are racially and ethnically diverse. Throughout the school year, Sidley lawyers mentor and coach students who compete in state-wide moot court and mock trial competitions. Sidley provides financial support to many legal services organizations throughout the country. For example, the firm provides monetary support to the Capital Area Immigrants Rights (CAIR) Coalition, American Bar Association Death Penalty Representation Project, the Domestic Violence Legal Clinic, the National Veterans Legal Services Program, the National Immigrant Justice Center, Lawyers for the Creative Arts, the Legal Aid Society, Equal Justice Initiative, Legal Counsel for the Elderly, the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, the DC Bar Pro Bono Program, and the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless. Sidley is a pro bono partner of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) and has supported the organization financially by serving as Legal Chair of its annual dinners. Sidley in Chicago also supports the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois and its sister organization, the Hispanic Lawyers Scholarship Fund, and for many years has sponsored a scholarship for a local Latino law student. During an April 2013 reception in Washington, Sidley was among 36 law firms recognized for donating a total of more than $3.6 million to local legal service providers as part of the inaugural Raising the Bar in DC fundraiser. The Honorable David Tatel of the United States Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit and Washington, DC Mayor Vincent Gray spoke at the event honoring those firms responding to the DC Access to Justice Commission s call for increased funding for legal services for vulnerable DC residents. This initiative reflects lawyers unique obligation to ensure equal access to justice for low-income individuals in their own communities. Sidley s DC office, which was honored as a silver-level donor, was one of the eight original law firms that joined in the launch of the Campaign by pledging funds to local legal services providers and by joining the Commission in an appeal to the law firm community. What non-law related volunteer opportunities does your firm offer? For example, list any work with high school students and non-legal volunteerism for organizations like Habitat for Humanity. Thirty years ago, Sidley adopted the Gerald Delgado Kanoon Magnet School, a public elementary school, as part of a privatepublic initiative. Since then, Sidley contributions of time, funding and resources have helped the school in numerous ways and improved the educational experience of its students. Sidley lawyers and staff became involved in mentoring activities at Kanoon as well as book, winter-clothing, school-supply and food drives. During our annual back-to-school drive for Kanoon in 2013, 107 Sidley lawyers and staff contributed almost $10,000. Sidley also provided ad hoc in-kind donations to the school, including used computers, furniture and office supplies. Sidley sponsors Baile Follkoric and Suzuki Violin lessons for Kanoon students, and holds two Jeans Days per year, with proceeds benefitting the school s literacy efforts. In 2013, we Visit for company rankings, ratings and reviews to learn what it s really like to work in an industry or company and how to position yourself to land that job. 569
6 collected $8,508 for Kanoon from the two Jeans Days. Chicago staff and lawyers also participated in the 2013 Book Chat with the Kanoon 5th graders. 52 lawyers and staff read a book that the school selected and exchanged questions and answers with the students by . This event culminated with the Sidley participants chatting with the students about the book. Sidley has sponsored a partnership with Thomson Elementary School in Washington, DC for the last fourteen years. In 2013, Sidley sponsored two teams of Thomson Elementary School fourth and fifth graders in the annual Spring GeoPlunge Tournament, an initiative that teaches children U.S. political geography. Over 100 students from various DC public elementary schools competed. The tournament is an outgrowth of the DC Public Partnership Project of the Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs. Our involvement came through our long-time partnership with Thomson Elementary School and our support for the Committee. Sidley DC also sponsored two teams for the 9th annual Fall GeoPlunge Tournament held at the National Portrait Gallery. Sidley coaches volunteered at the school twice a week to help students prepare for the competition. Sidley also runs a spring math program, Challenge24, with Thomson Elementary. More than 20 years ago, Alan Raul, a partner in the Washington, DC office, helped establish the Lawyers Have Heart 10-K race, a fundraising event for the American Heart Association. About 100 people from the Washington, DC office participate in the race each year. The firm also contributes directly to the event, and pays for the registrations of all firm participants. The DC office held its seventh annual Sidley Service week in July 2013, in which the entire office participated in a variety of pro bono and service-related projects organized by the Associate Relations Committee, the Diversity Committee, the Pro Bono Program, the Summer Associate Program, and the Women s Committee. The week kicked off with the annual Vincent F. Prada Pro Bono Awards Ceremony, where DC attorneys, legal assistants, and litigation support staff were recognized for meeting the ABA Challenge of providing at least 60 hours of pro bono assistance in Activities during the week included: interviewing detained immigrants at a regional jail to help them find pro bono representation and seek relief from deportation; a panel discussion with the leaders of five local legal services organizations on how to be effective pro bono counsel; a blood drive; stuffing backpacks for disadvantaged children; making lunches for the Salvation Army; preparing dinner for Miriam s Kitchen; and the screening of a documentary and panel discussion about the atrocities committed during the war in Sri Lanka and Sidley s pro bono efforts to pursue charges against individuals involved in Sri Lanka s war crimes. Throughout the week, the entire office donated over $1,000, along with hundreds of articles of men s and women s business clothing, to support two organizations committed to providing professional attire, a network of support, and career development training to lowincome men and women in the DC community. Sidley personnel in DC serve as reading partners and mentors to public school students at Ross Elementary through the Power Lunch program run by Everybody Wins! DC. The Power Lunch program pairs one adult with one student for the school year. The adult partner visits the school once a week during lunch to share books and the love of reading with the student. Partner Dick Belanger has been on the Board of Everybody Wins! DC for a number of years, serving at different times as its chairperson and general counsel Sidley s pro bono work and our relationship with long-time client Public Counsel, the largest public interest law firm in Los Angeles, were highlighted in an interview that KTLA-TV in Los Angeles conducted with Thomas Powell a few days before Sidley runners participated in the Run for Justice, a 5K run/walk held in conjunction with the Los Angeles Marathon. For the second year in a row, Sidley raised more money for Public Counsel than any other firm or other business $17,000. For the ninth year, Sidley in LA participated in the Revlon Run/ Walk for Women, which raises money for cancer research, counseling and outreach programs nationwide. Sidley raised over $11,000 this year, bringing our total contribution over the years to over $85,000. On June 19, 2013, the New York office hosted its annual Sidley Service Day, which was presented in conjunction with New York Cares, New York City s premier non-profit organization for bringing volunteer support services to non-profit agencies, public schools and other organizations. Continuing the firm s ongoing relationship with the Brooklyn High School of the Arts, more than 50 Sidley lawyers and summer associates volunteered during this day-long event. The day s projects included painting the school s new dance studio as well as three other rooms and assembling bookshelves. This was Sidley s third time volunteering at this public high school in Brooklyn. In July 2013, the NY office hosted a volunteer event to benefit members of the U.S. military. The event was co-sponsored with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney s Legal and Compliance Division and presented in association with New York Cares. Attendees included lawyers, compliance professionals and summer associates who assembled over 600 care kits for U.S. service members stationed overseas. The volunteers were welcomed by Nate Saint-Victor, an executive director of Morgan Stanley and chair of the Morgan Stanley Legal and Compliance Division s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. In his opening remarks, he praised Sidley s and Morgan Stanley s shared commitment to the goals of inclusion, community involvement and philanthropy. In November 2013, Sidley NY hosted a volunteer event to benefit mothers and infants living in homeless shelters. The event was co-sponsored with long-standing firm client KPMG LLP, and was presented in association with New York Cares. Attendees included both Sidley and KPMG lawyers, as well as KPMG consultants, auditors and accountants. The attendees assembled over 600 infant care kits, which eventually will be used by mothers in the shelters. The volunteers were welcomed by KPMG partner Marc Miller, who also acknowledged Sidley and KPMG s shared commitment to the community Vault.com Inc.
7 For more than 20 years, the Chicago office has held an annual collection drive for the United Way. Sidley associates and staff donate approximately $20,000 and the Sidley Foundation contributes the balance, for an annual donation of $150,000. In 2013, Sidley associates and staff contributed $19, Since 1995, the office has participated in the annual Chicago Cares event. This event involves staff and lawyers spending one day at a local Chicago school cleaning, painting and decorating the school and playground. On June 15, 2013, six Sidley personnel volunteered at Sherman School of Excellence, and we presented a $2,500 donation to Chicago Cares. Since 2000, the Chicago office has participated in the annual Heart Walk to benefit the American Heart Association. Sidley staff raised $10,000 for the event in The Chicago office participates in an annual clothing drive for the Cara Program, a non-profit organization that provides training and job placement services to individuals who are homeless. The office donated 30 boxes of clothing in Since 2001, the Chicago office has collected used/outdated cell phones and accessories for victims of domestic violence. In 2013, we collected almost 100 phones for the program. In October 2013, for the fifth year in a row, the DC office participated in the DC Bar Foundation s Go Casual for Justice fundraiser to support loan repayment assistance for legal services lawyers. Lawyers and staff contributed $5 to wear jeans and another $5 to wear sneakers on Go Casual for Justice Friday. Each office floor competed to raise the most money. The winning floor won the right to wear jeans and sneakers every first Friday of the month for a year. Sidley s efforts raised more than $15,000 for the Foundation. Please list any special recognition or awards your firm has won since 2012 for its pro bono work. In conjunction with National Pro Bono Week in October 2012, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and the Superior Court of the District of Columbia launched the Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll to recognize DC Bar members who provide 50 hours or more of pro bono service per year. Those providing 100 hours of pro bono service are recognized on the High Honor Roll. 120 Sidley lawyers (up from 108 the year before) were listed on the Court s honor roll posted in March 2013 for their pro bono work in 2012, and 69 of the 120 Sidley lawyers devoted more than 100 hours to pro bono service in The chief judges of the District of Columbia federal courts honored Sidley s DC office at the at 50 Judicial Pro Bono Recognition Breakfast. Established by the DC Circuit Judicial Conference Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services, the 40 at 50 breakfast recognizes law firms reporting that at least 40 percent of their lawyers devoted 50 or more hours to pro bono work in the previous year. Judges Merrick Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals and Royce C. Lamberth of the U.S. District Court hosted the event. On May 8, 2013, City Year of Washington presented Firmwide Pro Bono Chair Jeffrey Green with its Idealist of the Year Award at its Idealism in Action Gala. City Year is an education-focused nonprofit that partners with public schools to keep students in school and on track to succeed. In Washington, DC, City Year sends 264 young people between the ages of 17 and 24 to 16 high-need schools, where they serve full-time for a year. Jeff was honored for his leadership of the DC Pro Bono and Public Interest Law Committee for the last 11 years, where he has specialized in protecting the rights of poor individuals, and argued and won two cases in the Supreme Court on behalf of pro bono criminal defendants. Bet Tzedek, a non-profit in Los Angeles that provides free legal services to low-income people, presented its Elyse S. Kline Justice Award for Pro Bono Attorney of the Year to LA lawyers Andy Dunbar and Thomas Powell at an awards ceremony in July 9, They received the award for their work successfully representing a couple who sought permanent guardianship of their four-year-old granddaughter. Sidley received a Washington Lawyers Committee Outstanding Achievement Award on June 10, 2013, for our pro bono efforts on behalf of the Committee. This award was presented in recognition of Sidley s work with the Fair Housing Project on Johnson v. Wingate, in which we collected a judgment on behalf of a pro bono client with a visual disability who was denied an upper floor apartment because of her disability. The defendant management company went into bankruptcy, significantly complicating efforts to collect on the judgment. The Lawyers Committee recognized the Sidley team of David Kuney, Kurt Jacobs and Jeff Morrow. In June 2013, Chicago associate Marjorie Baltazar was awarded the Rising Star Award by the National Immigrant Justice Center. She received the award at NIJC s 14th Annual Human Rights Awards luncheon, where U.S. Senator Dick Durbin also was recognized for his legislative commitment to immigrant and human rights. Ms. Baltazar was recognized for her work on behalf of a gay man from Indonesia who obtained U.S. asylum following a three-year effort. Our pro bono representation included filing an affirmative asylum claim with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), obtaining employment authorization for our client and subsequently defending against an order of removal before the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR). Richard (Dick) O Malley, Jr., Chicago Chair of Sidley s Pro Bono Committee, accepted the Cabrini Green Legal Aid s (CGLA) Dr. Kenneth and Margaret Taylor 2013 Spirit of Generosity Award on behalf of the Chicago office. CGLA honored Sidley as a long-time supporter of CGLA and leader in the legal community. CGLA noted that the firm has maintained a constant engagement with CGLA through Board service on CGLA s Board of Directors, Advisory Board and Young Professionals Board. Sidley attorneys and staff also have provided hundreds of hours of direct service to CGLA clients over the years. On June 3, 2013, the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice (LACLJ) honored Sidley with its Pro Bono Partner of the Year Visit for company rankings, ratings and reviews to learn what it s really like to work in an industry or company and how to position yourself to land that job. 571
8 Award in recognition of Sidley s widespread participation in its programs to combat domestic violence. The award recognized the pro bono service of Frank Broccolo, Andy Dunbar, Bridget Johnsen, Amy Lally, Jennifer Zargarof, Stuart Edmiston, Francis Lam, Chris Munsey, Brent Nichols, Lillian Park, Clarence Rowland, Mirna Thompson and Claudia Espinoza, as well as the service of Ellyce Cooper and Jodi Lopez on LACLJ s board of directors. Sidley s LA office received two awards from the ACLU in 2013, in addition to the award received in Sidley received the ACLU s 2013 Community Service Pro Bono Award for the work performed for the Citizens Commission on Jail Violence by Kim Dunne, Doug Axel, Brent Wilner, Pat Kennell, Yolanda Ochoa, and KK O Connell. The ACLU also awarded Sidley its 2013 Pro Bono Service Award in appreciation of the real estate work performed by Mitchell Poole, Erin Natter and Drew Norman. Frank Broccolo serves on the Board of the ACLU Foundation of Southern California. Sidley was honored to receive the 2013 Pro Bono Publico Award at LatinoJustice PRLDEF s Annual Awards Gala on October 23 in New York City. The letter announcing the award cited the ways in which Sidley has supported LatinoJustice over the years, including preparing the Supreme Court amicus brief in Shelby County v. Holder. Sidley partners Maria Melendez, who serves on LatinoJustice s Board, and Tom Cole accepted the award on the firm s behalf. Please add any additional information about your firm s pro bono program. has signed on to the Pro Bono Challenge, and for the last five years, has exceeded the goal of devoting at least 3% of its billable time to pro bono service. Sidley lawyers acknowledge their profound responsibility to use their training, skills and experience to provide legal services to the poor and to charitable, religious, civic, community, governmental, or educational organizations that otherwise would be unable to afford legal representation. Sidley lawyers also have a responsibility to the legal system to protect civil and human rights in this country and throughout the world. Sidley believes that all of its clients, pro bono and billable, deserve the same high level of service, which means that staffing and resources are commensurate with the requirements of each matter. In 2013, Sidley lawyers in our U.S. offices devoted almost 100,000 hours to pro bono service, averaging more than 70 pro bono hours per lawyer. As Sidley has grown internationally, so has its commitment to global pro bono work. Building on a project with the TransFarm Africa initiative (described in Sidley s 2010 Pro Bono Report), Sidley lawyers in Brussels and Geneva have continued to advise on trade and regulatory issues for supplying seed to smallholder farmers in Tanzania. Based on this experience, Sidley developed a new firm-wide pro bono program for trade, investment and finance-related legal assistance in Asia and Africa. The Africa & Asia Agricultural Enterprise Program harnesses the expertise of Sidley s team of lawyers around the world by using their strategic and technical know-how for the benefit of the poorest people in rural communities in subsaharan Africa and less developed countries in Asia. The core focus of the program is to empower farmers and businesses to expand their operations to improve the livelihoods of the world s poorest farmers and their communities. Sidley s program supports the growth and success of agricultural producers and businesses all along the agribusiness supply chain from seeds to production and ancillary services such as microfinance and insurance. Since the Program s inception in 2012, Sidley has undertaken 45 projects in 19 countries under the Program, involving 170 lawyers from 16 Sidley offices worldwide Vault.com Inc.