Thompson Coburn attorneys secured a favorable result for a pro bono client in one of the firm’s first cases with the Settlement Assistance Program, a volunteer program that connects Chicago litigators with low-income plaintiffs in employment discrimination cases. The program is run by the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law.
Business litigation partner Susan Lorenc represented the client, the supervisor of a moving company who alleged his former employer discriminated against him on the basis of race, national origin and age. After hours of pro bono work and a successful mediation hearing, the parties reached an agreement that benefits the plaintiff and spares the defendant company from prolonged litigation with a pro se plaintiff unfamiliar with the judicial system.
The majority of SAP cases are employment disputes, but the program also addresses housing discrimination, prisoners’ rights, and excessive force cases against the police department.
Lorenc led the settlement discussions for the client.
While no formal training is required, the Settlement Assistance Project does offer a free training program that provides instruction and guidance from several federal court judges.
Although we would like to hear from you, we cannot represent you until we know that doing so will not create a conflict of interest. Also, we cannot treat unsolicited information as confidential. Accordingly, please do not send us any information about any matter that may involve you until you receive a written statement from us that we represent you (an ‘engagement letter’).
By clicking the ‘ACCEPT’ button, you agree that we may review any information you transmit to us. You recognize that our review of your information, even if you submitted it in a good faith effort to retain us, and, further, even if you consider it confidential, does not preclude us from representing another client directly adverse to you, even in a matter where that information could and will be used against you. Please click the ‘ACCEPT’ button if you understand and accept the foregoing statement and wish to proceed.