Cases & Deals

Jones Day adds to its National Immigrant Justice Center support by donating pro bono case fees award

Clients National Immigrant Justice Center

The Chicago Office of global law firm Jones Day has donated a $33,000 fee obtained under the Equal Access to Justice Act for handling a pro bono immigration appeal to the National Immigrant Justice Center. The case was one of dozens that the Firm has taken on at NIJC's request. Over 50 Jones Day lawyers have been involved in this pro bono work.

"We've learned that NIJC is wonderfully equipped to represent and assist volunteer pro bono lawyers in representing refugees, asylum seekers and immigrants," said Lee Ann Russo, pro bono coordinator for Jones Day's Chicago Office and co-chair of NIJC's Leadership Council, in an interview published by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.

Chicago partner Brian Murray led the team that worked successfully on the 9th Circuit immigration appeal for which the fee was awarded. The NIJC is a non-profit organization accredited by the Board of Immigration Appeals to provide immigration assistance, including legal education and representation to low-income immigrants, asylum seekers, and refugees. Specifically, NIJC serves survivors of domestic violence, victims of crimes, detained immigrant adults and children, and victims of human trafficking, as well as immigrant families and other non-citizens facing removal and family separation.