Describe your firm’s philosophy on pro bono service. We are committed to serving the public good with a primary focus on helping economically disadvantaged individuals and families. We also provide legal services to nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations whose mission it is to serve the most vulnerable among us. Globally, we support more than 1,800 pro bono clients a year, and in fiscal year 2019, 100% of our eligible lawyers performed at least 20 hours of pro bono service. —Scott Schutte
What are the two biggest cases your firm worked on in 2019? Tell us more about those cases and how you reached the outcome. Following seven years of litigation, we obtained our client’s release from prison, where he had served more than 30 years for murder and attempted murder, crimes Illinois now acknowledges he didn’t commit. An intensive factual investigation performed by our team proved he had confessed only after being tortured by detectives. There was no other evidence to support the convictions. After an evidentiary hearing, the judge vacated his convictions, releasing him the next day.
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