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Pro Bono Project

In partnership with the Circuit Court of Cook County’s Domestic Violence Courthouse, Ascend Justice hosts the Domestic Violence Pro Bono Project. Typically, volunteer attorneys are recruited from one of the Pro Bono Project’s partner law firms.

Volunteers commit to rotating shifts at the Domestic Violence Courthouse, during which they are available to represent domestic violence victims seeking civil Orders of Protection.

Attorneys interview potential clients, prepare pleadings, and provide same-day in-court representation for clients seeking an Emergency Order of Protection. Pro Bono Project attorneys continue to represent their clients until hearing on a Plenary Order of Protection.

Why work with Ascend Justice

Ascend Justice provides holistic legal services to survivors of domestic violence and families impacted by the child welfare system.

Type of engagement

Litigation

Time commitment

Completion of a 2.5-hour formal training and short on-site orientation, then participating firms or groups commit to at least one 5-hour shift per month.

Training and support

Ascend Justice provides formal training from time to time and ongoing mentoring and support for our volunteers.

  • Training is provided and required
  • CLE credit for training

Acquired skills

client interviewing, drafting pleadings, litigation

Skills and resources required

All attorneys are competent to handle this matter after the training provided.

Location

Chicago, IL

Pro Bono Project

In partnership with the Circuit Court of Cook County’s Domestic Violence Courthouse, Ascend Justice hosts the Domestic Violence Pro Bono Project. Typically, volunteer attorneys are recruited from one of the Pro Bono Project’s partner law firms.

Volunteers commit to rotating shifts at the Domestic Violence Courthouse, during which they are available to represent domestic violence victims seeking civil Orders of Protection.

Attorneys interview potential clients, prepare pleadings, and provide same-day in-court representation for clients seeking an Emergency Order of Protection. Pro Bono Project attorneys continue to represent their clients until hearing on a Plenary Order of Protection.

Why work with Ascend Justice

Ascend Justice provides holistic legal services to survivors of domestic violence and families impacted by the child welfare system.

Type of engagement

Litigation

Time commitment

Completion of a 2.5-hour formal training and short on-site orientation, then participating firms or groups commit to at least one 5-hour shift per month.

Training and support

Ascend Justice provides formal training from time to time and ongoing mentoring and support for our volunteers.

  • Training is provided and required
  • CLE credit for training

Acquired skills

client interviewing, drafting pleadings, litigation

Skills and resources required

All attorneys are competent to handle this matter after the training provided.

Location

Chicago, IL