Katten Pro Bono Director Jonathan Baum Honored as Champion of Justice by Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights


CHICAGO, November 18, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Katten today announced that the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights honored senior counsel and director of pro bono services Jonathan K. Baum as his champion Justice at its first in-person gala since the pandemic began, themed “Lift Every Voice.

“We couldn’t be more proud of Jonathan’s pro bono efforts. Deep down, Jonathan is a firm believer in equality. He advocates for equal access to justice for marginalized populations. He supports disenfranchised groups in the fights against discrimination. It defends the most vulnerable in society in hard-hitting actions, ”said the president of Katten Roger P. Furey. “Jonathan treats all of his customers with the respect, dignity and kindness they deserve, serving them the same as our paying customers. He truly reflects the best of Katten.”

Baum joined Katten in 1993 when he became one of the few law firm partners in the country focused solely on delivering pro bono work. This approach served as a model for many other law firms and it set the standard for institutionalizing the practice of pro bono law. He coordinates Katten’s entire pro bono portfolio, matching pro bono opportunities with lawyers’ passions and interests and going beyond traditional litigation to include corporate governance and not-for-profit transactions.

Baum personally handles pro bono cases, frequently representing asylum-seeking refugees in United Statesvictims of discrimination in civil rights lawsuits, and the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence in its defense of state and local gun regulations against constitutional challenges.

In conjunction with Legal Aid Chicago, the largest provider of free civil legal services in the Midwest, Baum launched the Katten Legal Clinic at Jose de Diego Community Academy in Chicago in 2013 as one of the first legal aid clinics in an urban public school, an initiative that has served hundreds of low-income clients and was recognized in 2016 with a Pro Bono Publico award from the American Bar Association ( ABA). Baum was also a longtime board member and chairman of the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights.

“Almost 30 years ago, Katten tried my crazy idea of ​​a private law firm with a full-time pro bono attorney. And the firm has never wavered in that commitment,” Baum said. “I grew up in a home where the Jewish social justice obligation of ‘tikkun olam’ was strongly instilled in us, meaning we had a duty to fix the world. I am grateful to the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Katten because they allowed me to fulfill that duty and exercise that trust.”

Katten is a full-service law firm with approximately 700 attorneys across United States and in London and Shanghai. Clients seeking sophisticated, high-value legal services turn to Katten for advice locally, nationally and internationally. The firm’s main practice areas include corporate, financial markets and funds, insolvency and restructuring, intellectual property, litigation, real estate, structured finance and securitization, transactional tax planning, private credit and private wealth. Katten represents public and private companies in many sectors, as well as a number of governmental and non-profit organizations and individuals. For more information, visit katten.com.



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