At Novack and Macey, pro bono work and social responsibility are essential aspects of our legal practice. Our core values of respect for the individual, the community, and the law have driven and inspired our leadership in pro bono and community activities. Pro bono service is encouraged and supported through training, mentoring, and promoting a culture that recognizes the importance of ensuring that everyone has equal access to legal representation.
As attorneys, we have the unique ability to give more than just donations; we can share our time and professional know-how with those in need of free legal service. We work closely with a number of legal services organizations that link lawyers to underserved individuals and institutions including:
- Illinois Legal Aid Online
- Lawyers for the Creative Arts
- Public Interest Law Initiative
- Legal Aid Chicago
- Pro Bono Network
- Coordinated Advice & Referral Program for Legal Services
Firm attorneys receive assistance with identifying pro bono opportunities that will be meaningful to them as well as appropriate training and resources to support their endeavors. All pro bono work undertaken by associates and staff attorneys is considered the responsibility of the firm, and a partner is assigned to each matter to render advice, assistance, and supervision. Lawyers working on pro bono matters have available to them the full resources of the firm. For billing purposes, time committed to pro bono matters is treated no differently than time committed to any other client.
Novack and Macey attorneys strive to make a difference in the community by being actively involved in organizations to support: Hunger, Homelessness, Healthcare, Culture, Justice, and Education. Many of our attorneys serve as members of board of directors to charitable organizations.
In addition, the firm regularly donates to various legal and community nonprofits including the American Cancer Society, Illinois Legal Aid Online, Legal Aid Chicago, Jewish United Fund, Chicago Bar Foundation, Greater Chicago Food Depository, Urban Initiatives, Chicago Lights, and CJE Senior Life.