Giving Back to Our Communities
The need for pro bono legal services in our communities remains more important than ever. Epstein Becker Green attorneys rise to the occasion every year through our Annual Pro Bono Challenge.
The challenge encourages attorneys of all levels to log at least five hours of pro bono work. Teams of attorneys worked on projects representing clients in disability benefits and landlord-tenant matters, educating diverse students on the law and legal careers, and assisting veterans and their families.
We were proud to support some truly worthwhile projects and organizations in 2022. These are just a few highlights of our pro bono efforts from the past year.
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Defending Victims of Domestic Violence
After a nearly five-year battle that ended in March, litigators Tamara Bock, Jennifer O’Connor, and Anastasia Regne achieved success on behalf of Sanctuary for Families, a non-profit organization that represents victims of domestic violence.
Through the resolution of the case, our Sanctuary for Families client and her child owed no rent arrears, avoided eviction, and were able to stay in their apartment throughout the daughter’s time at college.
The case demonstrated the firm’s dedication to pro bono work with tangible results that help improve lives.
Decades of Pro Bono Service
Creating Opportunities for the Underserved
This year, Epstein Becker Green and attorney Dean Silverberg were recognized by Union Settlement for more than four decades of providing pro bono support in labor and employment law, HR consultation, and employee training.
Union Settlement, a not-for-profit social service agency located in the East Harlem neighborhood of New York City, creates opportunity in the community “by offering comprehensive programs that help underserved residents improve their skills and build better lives for themselves and their families.”
Advocating for the Arts
In October, attorney Michael Ferrell and Epstein Becker Green were humbled to accept the “2022 Advocate for the Arts” award from Grant Park Music Festival, which has held a free-to-the-public classical music and choral concert series annually each summer in Chicago since 1931.
In bestowing the award, Grant Park Music Festival leadership noted that Mike’s work helping the Festival navigate two seasons of COVID-19 was particularly invaluable.
“The Grant Park Music Festival is unique to Chicago and allows our great community to gather and celebrate for ten weeks every summer, even and especially in hard times.”