We are at a historic moment in Chicago.

Our city is at a crossroads, and all sectors must come together to create a Chicago where everyone can thrive. With our new Mayor and former Chicago Lawyers’ Committee Board Member Lori Lightfoot now at the helm, there is an unprecedented spirit of hope for change embraced by Chicagoans across neighborhoods, ages, sectors, and races.  

We’ve been here before. Fifty years ago, a group of prominent Chicago law firms and attorneys founded Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights to fight pervasive racial discrimination. While marked progress has been made since the 1960s, we know that the struggle for civil rights in Chicago and Illinois is far from over. We continue to partner with community-based leaders and law firms to advance racial equity and economic opportunity for all in education, housing, voting, community economic development, and public safety. 

As we celebrate our 50th Anniversary this year, Chicago Lawyers’ Committee is forging a new cross-sector team of professionals dedicated to our common mission. Our new Corporate Leadership Council will bring the expertise and resources of business leaders to the challenges we face. The time is ripe to join forces and secure the prosperous and equitable future of our city.

 Please join us as a founding member of our Corporate Leadership Council.

How do I join?

  • Please designate a senior-level executive from your corporation as your representative on the Council.

  • Council representatives are asked to attend an annual convening of the Council and invited to participate in all Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights events.

  • Corporate Leadership Council member institutions are asked to contribute at least $5,000 annually to Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights.


  • Public recognition for you - and your company - as a corporate leader in your strong commitment to equity, inclusion, and corporate social responsibility.

  • Opportunities for in-house lawyers and other team members to directly participate in our civil rights work.

  • Connections with peers in Chicago’s business and legal communities that share a commitment to racial equity and opportunity for all.

For more information, please contact Bonnie Allen at 312-202-3652 or