At Novack and Macey, we believe that civic commitments and pro bono work are essential aspects of our legal practice, and are especially important to our clients. While we wish we could assist all the many wonderful organizations that exist, Novack and Macey has opted instead to give to various legal and community nonprofits that not only speak to us as a firm, but also as individuals. The American Cancer Society, Inc., Urban Initiatives, Illinois Legal Aid Online, LAF (Legal Assistance Foundation), Chicago Lights, CJE SeniorLife, The Chicago Bar Foundation, the Jewish United Fund, and Women Employed are just a few of the organizations that Novack and Macey regularly supports. Novack and Macey supports. Novack and Macey has joined the Jeans for Wishes Campaign, inviting employees to wear jeans in exchange for a donation to Make-A-Wish Illinois. The donations are used to make dreams come true for Illinois children living with life-threatening medical conditions.
Education is something that is deeply important to co-founding partner Eric Macey. Eric is the immediate Past Chairman of The Posse Foundation in Chicago and a past member of its National Board. The Posse Foundation identifies public high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential who may be overlooked by traditional college selection processes, placing them in supportive teams — “Posses”–of ten students. The Foundation’s partner universities award Posse Scholars four-year, full-tuition leadership scholarships.
Don Tarkington has served as a member of the Board of Education for the Evanston/Skokie Consolidated School District 65 where he chaired the finance committee. He was co-chairman of the District 65 Referendum Committee and is the immediate Past President of the District 65 Educational Foundation. Don also serves on the Board of Directors for the McGaw YMCA.
Andrew Campbell is a member of the Young Professionals Board for Horizons for Youth where he serves on the Corporate Sponsorship Committee. Horizons for Youth provides scholarships, mentoring, and a unique community of support for children from low-resource areas of Chicago. John Haarlow serves as a member of the Foundation Board of the Sue Duncan Children’s Center which provides free after-school educational and recreational programming for inner-city children.
Alex Berg is a member of the Tufts University Alumni Interview Association. He holds 30 to 60 minute interviews with some of the Chicago-area students who have applied to Tufts’s undergraduate program. Alex then prepares reports for the university’s admissions office to use in the student selection process. Mitch Marinello volunteers in a similar capacity for Weslyan University. Michael Weinberg is a member of the Board of the University of Michigan Club of Greater Chicago.
The firm is a contributor to the Judicial Internship Opportunity Program of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation. This program allows students to work with judges, gain practical experience in our judicial system and enhance their professional and writing skills.
Mitch Marinello volunteers for the VIZ International Moot Competition at Loyola University (Chicago) Law School. This involves being a judge in practice rounds and in competition for several moot court arguments, involving international law.
Novack and Macey LLP supports the annual Investing in Justice Campaign of the Chicago Bar Foundation (CBF). The CBF awarded 100% of the campaign proceeds in grants to 40 pro bono and legal aid organizations in the Chicago area. Eric Macey is a member of the CBF Abraham Lincoln Circle of Justice, a prestigious group of lawyers, judges and other legal professionals who support the long-term sustainability of the CBF’s mission.
The firm also supports efforts to improve the justice system. Steve Siegel serves in the leadership of the ABA Section of Litigation and is a chair of the Section of Litigation’s Commercial and Business Litigation Committee. Steve is also a member of the Board of Governors of the Chicago Council of Lawyers, a preeminent legal reform organization.
Mitch Marinello is on the Board of Resolution Systems Institute which strives to strengthen justice by enhancing court alternative dispute resolution systems. He also serves on the Board of the Federal Bar Association where he is involved in presenting legal education programs and supporting legal services charities.
HUNGER, HOMELESSNESS AND HEALTH CARE
To help combat hunger in our community, Steve Siegel volunteers at A Just Harvest, a soup kitchen and community development organization located in Rogers Park. Andrew Campbell volunteers at The Greater Chicago Food Depository.
P. Andrew Fleming is a member of The Order of Malta, a humanitarian organization founded in 1113 as a lay religious order of the Roman Catholic Church. The Order is dedicated to the care of the sick and the poor. Andrew volunteers every month at a soup kitchen operated by the Order at a church in Chicago’s Uptown area. He also devotes significant time to Mission Outreach, a warehouse facility near Midway Airport that sorts and packs medical supplies donated by local hospitals and distributes them worldwide to those in need. Chicago-area members of the Order also assist in home rebuilding projects every Spring.
Admission to the Order of Malta is by sponsorship only. Candidates must meet several criteria, including demonstrating the highest distinction in their professional life. The admissions criteria require the applicant to be regarded as a leader in his or her field and in the community. The Order currently has about 13,000 members; 80,000 volunteers; and 15,000 doctors, nurses, auxiliaries and paramedics in more than 120 countries. Headquartered in Rome, the Order claims sovereignty under international law and has been granted permanent observer status at the United Nations.
The well-being of residents in our city and surrounding communities is important at Novack and Macey. John Shonkwiler is on the Board of Directors of Chicago Lights, a community outreach organization that serves children, youth and adults through tutoring, arts education, job training, basic assistance and health care. Courtney Tedrowe is on the Lawndale Christian Legal Center’s Advisory Board. The Center provides legal services to low-income youth from Chicago’s Lawndale neighborhood.
Chris Moore has supported the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Josh Liebman volunteers for the Jewish Community Centers of Chicago (JCC) as a member of the organization’s Camp Chi Alumni Committee. Josh also was a member of the Jewish Council for Youth Services’ (JCYS) Board of Directors.
Brian Cohen is a member of the Evanston School Children’s Clothing Association, an all-volunteer organization where he serves as the Director of Grants. Eileen Boyle is a tutor with Heartland Alliance’s Refugee and Immigrant Community Services.
Services to women are a priority. Andrew Campbell has been a Director of Sarah’s Circle, a not-for-profit drop-in shelter for homeless women in Chicago. Kristen Werries Collier is a firm Delegate to the Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law, a member of the Coalition’s Board of Directors and the Coalition’s Community Outreach Committee. She is also a Luminary Circle member of Step Up Women’s Network, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting and advancing women and girls.
The firm also supports the community’s cultural life. Mitch Marinello is a volunteer for the Canzonetta Youth String Chamber Orchestra in Evanston, Illinois and supports the American Blues Theatre. Monte Mann has served on the Board of Directors of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Evening Associates which is committed to raising awareness of the art and resources of the Art Institute and raising funds for audience development. The firm has been a sponsor of the Music of the Baroque.
Rebekah Parker is a Board member of the Next Generation and a member of the Lawyers’ Committee, both of which support the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. She is also a member of the Harvard Law School Women’s Alliance of Chicago and the Chicago Council of Lawyers, a public interest bar association.
In addition to giving financial support to these and other organizations, we have also dedicated countless hours to pro bono work. As attorneys, we have the unique ability to give more than just donations; we are sharing our time. For example, Tim Miller has worked on a pro bono matter for a mental health patient. Rebekah Parker has accepted pro bono referrals from The Legal Assistance Foundation. Elizabeth Wolicki has experience in representing a former prisoner in a civil rights lawsuit in federal court and a non-profit housing provider in a case in state court where she co-chaired a jury trial.
For more information about the firm and current charitable endeavors, please call (312) 419-6900.