Pro Bono Work

Goldman Ismail is committed to providing pro bono legal services to individuals and groups in need of representation. The firm’s Pro Bono Committee connects Goldman Ismail lawyers and staff to legal aid organizations seeking volunteer attorneys for significant pro bono projects. Our firm has advocated on behalf of indigent prisoners, juveniles in need of legal representation, immigrants seeking asylum, and other underserved members of the community.  Some of the firm’s representative pro bono commitments are described below.

Additionally, Goldman Ismail seeks opportunities to support its community outside the courtroom. For instance, in recent years, we have taught civics lessons at a community academy as part of the Lawyers in the Classroom project sponsored by the Constitutional Rights Foundation and participated in an annual clean-up project through the Chicago Park District. Our firm's monetary support extends to various nonprofits, including Step Up, the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern Law, One Million Degrees, and the Legal Council for Health Justice.

Representative Matters

NIJC Asylum

Goldman Ismail represents asylum seekers fleeing persecution in their home countries in collaboration with the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC). Our pro bono work includes interviewing witnesses, preparing affidavits, arguing motions, researching country conditions, and representing the asylum seekers in their ultimate merits hearings.

Settlement Assistance Program

Goldman Ismail attorneys provide free legal services to pro se parties regarding settlement including counseling clients, engaging settlement negotiations, and appearing at settlement conferences. 

Section 1983 Civil Rights

The firm represented Tyrone Petties, who suffered a complete Achilles tendon rupture in 2012 while incarcerated at Stateville Correctional Center. Mr. Petties asserted Eighth Amendment claims for deliberate indifference to his serious medical needs against his treating physicians at Stateville. The firm secured a rare re-hearing en banc and reversal of summary judgment before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in August 2016. Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s denial of defendants’ petition for a writ of certiorari in April 2017, the case was favorably settled on remand.