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We take our commitment to promoting access to justice very seriously, not only through our class action cases, but likewise through our pro bono work.

We are presently representing the parents of youth volleyball players in a putative class action lawsuit against Sports Performance Volleyball Club, as well as its owners. The complaint alleges that the defendants concealed past sexual abuse with underage players.

We are working the National Immigrant Justice Center to represent asylum seekers looking to find a better home in the United States.

We have co-counseled with attorneys from the Northwestern Center on Wrongful Convictions to assist with ongoing criminal appeals stemming from the Jon Burge torture allegations.

We have partnered with the Settlement Assistance Program in the Northern District of Illinois to aid pro se litigants in reaching positive resolutions of matters ranging from employment discrimination to Section 1983 claims.

We have also provided pro bono representation in consumer protection cases (e.g., consumers harmed through systematic fraud), employment discrimination/harassment matters, and issues of important public policy (legislative immunity).

In response to unprecedented threats on our Nation’s Constitutional Democracy, starting in January 2017, we expanded our pro bono practice by forging partnerships with organizations such as the National Immigrant Justice Center, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and the ACLU to protect the civil rights of citizens and those seeking a better life in our country. We view this as a unique moment in history in which civil rights are under attack with renewed strength. We are further looking for ways to help other groups that will be targeted in the coming months and years, including religious and ethnic minorities, members of the LGBTQ community, and women.

We have also donated our time and over $500,000 to organizations that provide legal services, promote access to just and provide and other protections to underserved communities such as:

Financial contributions to the Illinois Bar Foundation, the Chicago Bar Foundation, and Illinois Legal Aid Online to support open access to justice.

Financial contributions to the South Suburban Bar Association and Sixth Municipal District Mock Trial Competition Committee, and help training their mock trial teams and judging ISBA high school mock trial tournament.

Financial contributions to the Sedona Conference and donation of time, including co-chairing privacy working group.

Financial contributions to civil rights and service organizations including the Human Rights Campaign, the NAACP, the Interfaith Youth Core, NOW, and the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Financial contributions to Hold On To Your Music Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to expanding awareness and understanding of the ethical implications of world events such as the Holocaust, and the power of the arts, especially music, to embolden the human spirit in the face of adversity.

Financial contributions to organizations supporting ALS research.

Donation of school supplies to underserved schools in Chicago and Boston.

Financial contributions to numerous other organizations including Hope Presbyterian Church, the Lakeview Pantry and Chicago-Kent College of Law.

We have committed over $50,000 to establishing Consumer Privacy Scholarships, providing tuition money to law students and undergrads committed to advocating for the privacy rights of consumers.

In addition, our settlements have generated over $10 million in cy pres donations to a wide variety of nonprofit organizations around the country, including:

Center for Democracy and Technology

Habitat for Humanity

Center for Digital Democracy

Consumer Watchdog

American Red Cross

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Wounded Warrior Project

Electronic Privacy Information Center

International Association of Privacy Professionals

Cabrini Green Legal Aid

Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society

United States Public Interest Research Group Education Fund

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area

The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University

The Andre Agassi Foundation for Education

Fisher House Foundation

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

National Consumer Law Center

Berkeley Center for Law & Technology

Illinois Bar Foundation

Girls STEM Network: Cybersecurity

Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment

Operation HOPE

Michigan Bar Foundation’s Access to Justice Fund

The Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University

Center for Law + Innovation

High Tech Law Institute of Santa Clara University School of Law

New York University’s Information Law Institute

Privacy & Technology Project University of California Hastings College of the Law

Privacy Rights Clearinghouse

Consumer Privacy Fund

Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic

United States Public Interest Research Group Education Fund

World Privacy Forum

Chicago Volunteer Legal Services

The Center for Conflict Resolution

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