Brinks Gilson & Lione Helps Low-Income Chicagoans Through PILI Legal Prep Community Law Clinic
CHICAGO—For the second year in a row, attorneys from intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione helped residents of Chicago’s Garfield Park neighborhood address critical legal needs as part of the Public Interest Law Initiative’s (PILI) Legal Prep Community Law Clinic.
Held monthly, PILI’s Community Law Clinic gives volunteer attorneys a platform to provide pro bono services related to civil legal matters, including family law, consumer debt, eviction, and foreclosure cases. Seven Brinks attorneys—Oluwafemi Masha, Daniel Parrish, James Stephens, Sen Wang, Kyle Yarberry, Scott Yoo, and recently appointed PILI board president Brad Lane—participated in the event this month.
“I’m proud of the good that comes from Brinks’ engagement with PILI, and particularly proud of our commitment to the Legal Prep Community Law Clinic,” said Lane, a Brinks shareholder and vice chairperson of the firm’s pro bono committee who spearheaded the effort. “It gives our attorneys a way to give back to our great city by providing important assistance to people in our community who have limited means.”
PILI’s Community Law Clinic is sponsored by PILI’s Alumni Network Leadership Council in conjunction with Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, and the Clinic is held at Legal Prep Charter Academy, an open-enrollment, legal-themed high school that Brinks also sponsors.
Brinks Gilson & Lione was the first intellectual property law firm in Chicago to adopt a written pro bono policy. For over a decade, the firm has been listed on PILI’s Pro Bono Recognition Roster for making a difference in the lives of low-income and underrepresented Illinoisans through pro bono legal assistance.
PILI’s mission is to cultivate a lifelong commitment to public interest law, and to increase the number of law students and lawyers working to make equal access to justice a reality. The non-profit organization seeks to achieve these goals primarily through its alumni network and its law student internship, graduate fellowship, and pro bono initiative programs.
More information about PILI’s Legal Prep Community Law Clinic is at http://pili.org/alumni/legal-prep-community-law-clinic.
Brinks Gilson & Lione
The attorneys, scientific advisors and patent agents at Brinks Gilson & Lione focus their practice in the field of intellectual property. Brinks is one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S. Clients around the world use Brinks to help them protect and enforce their intellectual property rights. Brinks lawyers provide counseling in all aspects of patent, trademark, unfair competition, trade secret and copyright law. More information is at www.brinksgilson.com.