CHICAGO – Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP is pleased to announce that the firm and its director of pro bono services Jonathan K. Baum will be honored by the Domestic Violence Legal Clinic (DVLC) of Chicago with its 2009 “Champion of Justice Award,” for their outstanding efforts in promoting the mission and endeavors of the organization.  The DVLC is a nonprofit organization that serves Cook County’s victims of domestic violence by providing free legal services to those who cannot afford to represent themselves.  Mr. Baum and the firm will be honored at the DVLC’s annual fundraiser on April 16, 2009.


“Katten has been a longtime advocate of the DVLC, and we are proud to recognize Jonathan and the firm for their endeavors in providing justice to victims of domestic violence,” said Mary Trew, executive director of the DVLC.  “Jonathan has helped us to create a unique pro bono model with Katten, and it is fitting to honor him with our Champion of Justice Award.”


Mr. Baum was the first attorney in Chicago and is one of only a handful of partners nationwide whose full-time responsibility is the delivery of pro bono services.  An experienced litigator, Mr. Baum oversees the firm’s entire pro bono practice, which includes both litigation and transactional representation of individuals who would not otherwise have access to legal representation.


Katten has a long-term commitment to helping the poor, powerless and disenfranchised obtain first-rate legal representation without charge.  The firm’s attorneys and other legal professionals give their time, resources and talent to serve individuals and organizations in need, to engage in important national litigation, and to partner with local legal service providers to ensure access to the justice system.