Constitutional Rights & Civil Liberties

“...this settlement will allow me to get back on my feet and properly care for my kids. I’m grateful to put this behind me and look forward to continuing my work on covering issues of racial, social, and economic justice.”
Linda Tirado, photojournalist and Sidley client
Project Overview

Sidley works closely with many civil rights advocacy organizations across the country to protect and defend the constitutional rights and civil liberties of all people, especially those most subjected to marginalization, persecution, or profiling. Our clients include prisoners and detainees, women in the workplace, LGBTQ+ individuals, and racial and ethnic minorities. Our pro bono practice works through the courts, administrative agencies, and legislatures to safeguard, promote, and expand individual rights and civil liberties so that all people can live freely and proudly.

Civil Rights

Our pro bono practice has had a longstanding commitment — both firmwide and in our local communities — to promoting civil and human rights and social justice. We are dedicated to devoting our time and resources to these matters, using our legal skills to ensure a just and fair society and accelerate the societal change necessary to reach that goal.

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Racial Justice

Sidley undertook numerous racial justice pro bono matters in 2021 and is participating in joint programs with other firms — including, for example, as a founding member of the Law Firm Antiracism Alliance — to explore ways in which legal action might address racial injustice and other racial and social justice concerns.

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Supreme Court

Sidley’s Supreme Court Pro Bono Program has been representing clients for many years. Our pro bono presence in the Supreme Court is well reflected in our body of work. Committed to pro bono at the highest level, we have taken on many civil and criminal cases that have resulted in precedent-setting decisions and made a lasting impact on our clients.

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