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Justice Delivered: Highlights From Big Law's Year of Impactful Pro Bono

As part of its Pro Bono Scorecard, The American Lawyer highlighted Kirkland’s work with the Illinois Legislature’s Torture Inquiry Relief Commission Act among 15 matters that represent the best of the legal industry’s 2020 pro bono efforts.

"…Former Chicago Police commander Jon Burge allegedly spent decades torturing and coercing false confessions from suspects in custody, and in 2009 the Illinois Legislature passed the Torture Inquiry Relief Commission Act to review torture claims. Kirkland & Ellis lawyers worked with the program to help screen cases to determine if they fall under the commission’s jurisdiction, reviewing court records and police files, interviewing witnesses and drafting recommendations for the commission on whether claims should be referred for judicial review. The firm handled 64 such matters in 2020."

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