Congratulations, Jim!

LAF is proud and excited to congratulate Jim Irving of DLA Piper, a founding member of our Young Professionals Board, for receiving The Maurice Weigle Exceptional Young Lawyer Award at the Chicago Bar Association and Foundation’s Pro Bono and Public Service Awards Luncheon this afternoon.

In his speech, Jim spoke of the importance of having the opportunities in life to strive, to reach one’s potential.  Through his work as a pro bono advocate and expert in juvenile expungement issues, Jim provides his clients with the legal help they need to be able to strive for a better life, and to reach their potential.  You can listen to his whole speech below, or view it on youtube:

As a founding member of our Young Professionals Board, Jim has been deeply engaged in helping to raise visibility for LAF, and bring others to our work – which in its own way allows our agency, as well, to reach its potential to help the most vulnerable people in our community.

Jim is always looking for opportunities to tell more people about LAF, and encouraging them to get involved.  Just last month, Jim co-hosted a CLE training on pro bono ethics issues at DLA Piper, in collaboration with LAF.  This training was an opportunity to raise our agency’s profile with people who previously knew very little about us, and Jim jumped right in to work with his colleagues at DLA Piper and LAF’s Director of Training to make it a successful event.

Congratulations Jim – we’re so very proud to call you our own, and we thank you for all that you do on behalf of us, and the clients you help, through your commitment to pro bono service.


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