Marshall, Gerstein & Borun Celebrated a Successful 2009-2010 Pro Bono Campaign

August 11, 2010

On July 31, 2010, Marshall, Gerstein & Borun celebrated the pro bono legal services individuals and the Firm accomplished over the last year. After its most successful pro bono year to-date, which culminated in the release of a local film directed by one of its pro bono clients, the Firm held its First Annual Awards Happy Hour.

At the celebration, Chair of the Pro Bono Committee, Paul B. Stephens, offered a special toast to the Marshall, Gerstein & Borun inaugural Pro Bono Service Awardees. Each individual made considerable pro bono contributions, including the number of hours volunteered the types of services they offered, and their personal dedication to the projects.

Following are the 2010 Marshall, Gerstein & Borun inaugural Pro Bono Service Award recipients and a description of the projects they worked on.

Gregory J. Chinlund
2010 Pro bono Partner of the Year

Gregory J. Chinlund was awarded the Marshall, Gerstein & Borun 2010 Partner of the Year Pro Bono Service Award for providing pro bono legal assistance through the Lawyers for the Creative Arts (LCA) organization. For nearly three years, Mr. Chinlund worked with Jennifer Burns, producer/director of the Chicago-based critically acclaimed and award winning documentary movie, “Vincent: A Life In Color,” on production and post-production contractual matters and a range of intellectual property issues.

Lance Shaner, Ph.D.
2010 Pro bono Rookie of the Year

Lance Shaner, Ph.D was awarded the Marshall, Gerstein & Borun 2010 Rookie of the Year Pro bono Service Award for providing pro bono service to an independent composer, whom he met through the Lawyers for the Creative Arts (LCA).

Dr. Shaner’s pro bono efforts involved working with a musician who wished to establish the terms of use for a digital instrument sample library distributed on the Internet. Dr. Shaner was also able to prepare an agreement that allowed the composer to establish the terms of use for his original music compositions downloaded by fans from his Web site.

Forty-percent of the Firm’s attorneys volunteer pro bono legal services to the following organizations, among others:

For additional information, visit the Marshall, Gerstein & Borun pro bono Web page.