In the opening of Katten's 2022 Pro Bono Annual Review, Chairman Roger Furey noted the following:
What our firm has accomplished in the last year is nothing short of phenomenal. Meeting clients’ needs with a superior level of service is a base expectation. Yet I continue to see our attorneys and business professionals dig deeper and find creative ways to address the legal issues at hand and support our clients in myriad ways, making connections, nurturing relationships and being good listeners.
We are so successful with our pro bono activities in part because service is woven into the fabric of our culture. Our commitment is bolstered by a passion to provide the most vulnerable with high-quality representation and counsel.
Over the last year, Katten attorneys have helped our partners establish a new Afghan refugee clinic, drawn together to support Ukraine Legal Aid, and emerged from video conferencing to resume in-person operations at the Katten Legal Clinic embedded in the José de Diego Community Academy.
Working directly in our communities and sometimes pooling resources and assembling teams across the firm, our attorneys and business professionals are championing the rights of individuals and supporting the growth of mission-driven organizations that will have a lasting impact. This impact is critical to clients whether attorneys obtain tax-exempt status, develop compliance manuals, negotiate visitation, prove persecution or establish innocence.
It’s gratifying to work with such talented, selfless professionals. Their commitment is an inspiration, and their work is strengthening our communities. The sense of camaraderie that comes from pro bono work reinforces that we are a better firm through service.