The AIDS Legal Council of Chicago awarded Kirkland & Ellis LLP its Friend of the Council award during the organization's annual Advocates of the Year Awards event. Describing its "special relationship" with Kirkland, the council said the Firm has been one of its earliest and strongest supporters, providing financial support and pro bono legal services for council clients. Since 1987, the AIDS Legal Council of Chicago has existed to preserve, promote and protect the legal rights of men, women and children in the metropolitan Chicago area impacted by HIV. The council provides direct legal services to people in need, educates the public about HIV-related legal issues and advocates for social policies that ensure fair treatment for all people affected by HIV/AIDS. Kirkland associate Jordan Heinz is vice president of the board of directors for the AIDS Legal Council of Chicago.