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Goldberg Kohn was recently honored by the Pro Bono Institute with the 2021 CPBO Pro Bono Partner award for the firm’s ongoing commitment to help asylum applicants obtain legal status in the United States.

GK is a proud recipient of one of only two CPBO awards issued in 2021.

For the past five years, GK has partnered with McDonald’s and its in-house legal team, the National Immigrant Justice Center and Jenner & Block to provide this valuable pro bono legal counsel to those seeking asylum. 

Throughout this partnership, GK has seen positive results regarding the engagement of participating attorneys and individuals receiving critical assistance.

“Pro bono has been a big part of my career and it’s a big part of the fabric of Goldberg Kohn,” said principal David Morrison. “We’ve worked on a lot of cases that have had a significant impact on Chicago, but it wasn’t until the partnership with Jenner, NIJC and McDonald’s that we were really able to bring so many people into the pro bono part of our practice and work on meaningful cases.”

Watch the following video to learn more about GK’s commitment to pro bono work:

We are proud of our partnership with McDonald's, which founded their pro bono program in 2000 as a method to give back to their community and promote charitable advocacy within their legal department. Under the guidance of individuals such as past interim general counsel Mahrukh Hussain and current general counsel Desiree Ralls-Morrison, McDonald’s has succeeded in breaking down social and economic barriers to underrepresented groups. Click here to learn more.

CPBO is a project of the Pro Bono Institute and created the CPBO Pro Bono Partner Award to recognize innovative collaborations between in-house legal departments, law firms and public interest organizations. The award recognizes honorees who have demonstrated a sustained impact in addressing a critical legal need in vulnerable communities through pro bono legal work.