Irwin IP believes that each attorney has the responsibility to use their legal education and knowledge for the public good through providing pro bono legal services. This responsibility comes with the role that attorneys play in society to make sure all people have equal access to justice. Irwin IP has a commitment to pro bono work because it aligns with our professional integrity and ethical values.
Specifically, the Firm has committed to completing a minimum average of 80 pro bono hours per attorney per year. Irwin IP attorneys are encouraged to follow their passion when engaged in community outreach, pro bono representation and when seeking leadership positions. Irwin IP has established partnerships and provided financial support and legal assistance to many organizations whose mission aligns with ours, including, but not limited to Lawyers for the Creative Arts, Lawyers Assistance Program of Illinois, Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, Greater Chicago Legal Clinic, Sunshine Enterprises, Lawyers for Good Government, American Civil Liberties Union, Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation, and many other organizations.
Our Firm Founder, Barry Irwin, sits as the President of the Board for Lawyers for Creative Arts (LCA) and has played an integral part in advising and representing artists of all types throughout his career. Barry has put in countless hours creating video content for LCA and authoring Band Law for Bands to educate young lawyers in the fundamentals of representing people in the arts.
Irwin IP has a Pro Bono Committee and encourages senior attorneys to actively supervise associate pro bono work. The Firm also has a dedicated Pro Bono Coordinator and Special Counsel for Entertainment Law and Pro Bono Services, Alexa Tipton.
All Irwin IP attorneys participate in community outreach efforts such as packing meals for families in need at the Chicago Greater Food Depository and beach clean ups through the Alliance for the Great Lakes. Additionally, the Firm believes pro bono work is crucial to attorney professional development and expects that new and lateral attorneys will undertake work on at least one pro bono matter within the first year of starting work at Irwin IP.
Some of our recent Pro Bono representation highlights include: