Goldberg Kohn's Commitment to Pro Bono
Goldberg Kohn is committed to supporting and assisting individuals and organizations in the Chicagoland area. Driven by the interests of the firm's principals and associates, Goldberg Kohn provides legal representation in projects locally and nationally that are pro bono publico (“for the public good”). The firm encourages associates to identify pro bono opportunities. The firm contributes professional skills and substantial resources in cases and projects that assist those who could not otherwise obtain legal representation and supports diverse social causes that increase access to the arts and cultural expressions of Chicago.
Goldberg Kohn was one of the first law firms to make a 100% commitment to the Chicago Bar Foundation’s inaugural Investing in Justice Campaign, a fundraising effort designed to address the legal aid crisis in Chicago through financial support for legal aid attorneys. The firm is proud to have provided continual support for this campaign since its inception in 2007.
In addition, the principals of Goldberg Kohn established a charitable foundation that annually provides financial support to scores of local, regional and national charities, as well as civic and cultural organizations.
Assisting organizations with completing the extensive paperwork necessary to obtain nonprofit status in Illinois and tax-exempt status with the IRS is another way Goldberg Kohn attorneys have helped various groups such as The Coalition for Education on Sexual Orientation, a group dedicated to promoting the safety and well-being of lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth, and ‘N The Spirit Transformational Living, which provides counseling and housing for women suffering from addiction and domestic abuse.
Goldberg Kohn was honored with the Community Hero Award for the firm's support in the creation of the new Erie Helping Hands Health Center in Albany Park. Goldberg Kohn attorneys Amanda Fanaroff Hirsh and Michael Manuel assisted Erie Family Health pro bono with lease negotiations. The firm was acknowledged for its contributions to the Erie Family Health Center and the community in bringing needed health care services to Chicago. Other nonprofits Goldberg Kohn has supported include:
- Chicago International Charter Schools
- Chicago Training Center
- Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund
- Friends of Battered Women and Their Children
- Illinois Network of Charter Schools
- Make-A-Wish Foundation
- Project: Philanthropy (Donate for a Cause)
- Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development
- The Salvation Army
- Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
- Suburban Asthma Consortium
- Unity Productions Foundation
Representative Pro Bono Work
- Serving as lead trial counsel in a class action lawsuit on behalf of 600,000 children eligible for Medicaid against the Illinois Departments of Public Aid and Human Services, resulting in a landmark decision vindicating the rights of children to health care.
- Serving as co-counsel in a federal lawsuit that challenged the validity of a new federal law requiring 50 million Medicaid recipients and applicants to prove their U.S. citizenship with passports, birth certificates and other special documents or lose their public health care coverage. The resulting litigation leveraged a change to federal law.
- Representing immigrants seeking political asylum through the Heartland Alliance/Midwest Immigration and Human Rights Center.
- Representing incarcerated individuals in the Illinois Appellate Courts and in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
Accomplishments on Behalf of Others
In the past two years, Goldberg Kohn attorneys have donated thousands of hours of their time to civic, charitable and nonprofit organizations, including high impact and high profile work unique to a midsized law firm. To learn more about Goldberg Kohn's Pro Bono Policy please click here.