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Mayer Brown was recognized as one of Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights’ founding law firms at its 50th Anniversary Gala, which celebrated the organization’s 50 years of collaboration with communities and the private bar to advance racial equity and economic opportunity.

Established in 1881, Mayer Brown's Chicago office is one of the largest law offices in the region, with deep roots in the community. As a founding member of the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee in 1969, the strong partnership continues after 50 years through the shared commitment to community service and pro bono legal work, with Chicago-based partner Stuart Litwin sitting on the organization’s board as the longest-serving member, in his 33rd year.

The firm devotes tens of thousands of hours of legal services each year to aiding the disadvantaged and the organizations that serve them. This commitment to pro bono has resulted in a series of accolades, including being named to the National Law Journal’s 2017 “Pro Bono Hot List” and receiving the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation’s 2018 “Superstar Award” and the John Howard Association’s 2019 “Partnership Award” for the firm’s work in criminal justice reform.

The Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights provides legal representation through collaboration with law firms and individual attorneys, grass roots groups, educational institutions, and other advocacy organizations to implement community-based solutions that advance civil rights.