Full Time
 Chicago, Illinois

Husch Blackwell LLP: Pro Bono Counsel

Husch Blackwell LLP is a full-service litigation and business law firm with multiple locations across the United States, serving clients with domestic and international operations.  We have an immediate opening for a Pro Bono Counsel.  This position may be filled in our Austin, ChicagoDallas, Kansas CityMadisonMilwaukee or St. Louis office.

The Pro Bono Counsel is responsible for managing the HB Communities for Change Pro Bono Initiative focused on minority-owned businesses to bring about positive change in the U.S. with respect to racism. In conjunction with maintaining an active caseload of minority-owned business pro bono clients, essential job functions include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Create community partnerships with nonprofits and community groups to identify new pro bono projects focused on minority-owned business opportunities available for engagement across the firm’s national footprint;
  • Assist minority-owned business and entrepreneurs with various legal needs including corporate structure and operational support, securing government contracts, and creating banking relationships to connect the clients undertaken under this Initiative with venture capital opportunities;
  • Meet with relevant stakeholder groups within and outside the firm to gather information and input regarding projects to be undertaken under this Initiative;
  • Recruit firm attorneys to accept pro bono work undertaken under this Initiative throughout the firm’s national footprint;
  • Provide mentorship, support and supervision as needed in connection with pro bono matters undertaken under this Initiative;
  • Work with other members of the Pro Bono team to highlight the work being done under this Initiative both internally and externally;
  • Serve as a substantive resource to firm volunteers engaged in business pro bono matters undertaken under this Initiative, including conducting related training, compiling resource materials, and coordinating community outreach;
  • Help prepare and analyze data regarding pro bono efforts undertaken under this Initiative;
  • Report quarterly to Executive Board (and others) on development of this initiative and pro bono clients served;
  • Represent the firm at conferences and industry events that intersect pro bono and racial injustice.



  • The physical activity of this position:
    • Reaching. Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction.
    • Pushing. Using upper extremities to press against something with steady force in order to thrust forward, downward or outward.
    • Pulling. Using upper extremities to exert force in order to draw, haul or tug objects in a sustained motion.
    • Fingering. Picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with the whole hand as in handling.
    • Grasping. Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm.
    • Feeling. Perceiving attributes of objects, such as size, shape, temperature or texture by touching with skin, particularly that of fingertips.
    • Talking. Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word. Those activities in which they must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly.
    • Hearing.  Perceiving the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels with or without correction. Ability to receive detailed information through oral communication, and to make the discriminations in sound.
    • Repetitive Motion.  Substantial movements (motions) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.
  • The physical requirements of this position:
    • Sedentary work. Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time.
  • The visual acuity requirements including color, depth perception, and field vision:
    • The worker is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading; visual inspection involving small defects, small parts, and/or operation of machines (including inspection); using measurement devices; and/or assembly or fabrication parts at distances close to the eyes.
  • The conditions the worker will be subject to in this position:
    • The worker is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions (such as in typical office or administrative work).


  • Ability to deliver superior service to all internal and external customers and communicate effectively.
  • Ability to interact in a professional and courteous manner with clients and employees at all times; professional appearance required.
  • Ability to successfully perform position requirements with excellent organizational, time-management and prioritization skills required.
  • Ability to work collaboratively within a team; ability and willingness to adapt to changing business demands.
  • Ability to produce acceptable amount of work efficiently and accurately; ability to produce quality final work product.
  • High level of professional integrity required; ability to maintain confidentiality and build trust.


  • Juris Doctorate and active law license in the state where located.
  • Minimum of five years legal experience working in the area of small business start-up/development.
  • Excellent judgment to work with firm personnel and community partners specializing in serving minority-owned business and entrepreneurs.
  • Experience handling pro bono cases at existing employer, legal service corporation or nonprofit organization.
  • Self -starter with the ability to leverage existing professional network and/or firm network to create successful community partnerships.
  • Ability and experience working with diverse individuals and communities.
  • Demonstrated commitment to remedying racial injustice.
  • Demonstrated experience in supervision of attorneys.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work well with attorneys and staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively help build cooperative groups and work in complex systems with a diverse group of people.
  • Excellent software skills including knowledge of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.


We offer competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefit package including medical, dental, vision, 401k, and much more.

Please include a cover letter and resume when applying.





Doctorate or better in Law.



Experience handling pro bono cases

Experience serving minority-owned businesses and entrepreneurs.

5 years: Legal experience working in the area of small business start-up/development.

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