Public Interest Law Initiative

2015 Distinguished PILI Fellow Alumni Award: Jordan Heinz

Posted on: January 5, 2016

Heinz, JordanJordan is a “double PILI,” having served as both an Intern in 2003 and a Fellow in 2005 at Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (CVLS). A partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, his practice focuses on trademark, advertising, and other commercial litigation, while also helping coordinate Kirkland’s pro bono program.

Jordan has logged more than 3,200 pro bono hours in the last 10 years through a wide range of legal service organizations. He worked as co-counsel on marriage equality cases with Lambda Legal, advocating tirelessly for his clients while also setting significant precedent in several key cases at a critical time in the fight for marriage equality. Jordan continues to be a reliable and valued volunteer at CVLS and has served as President of the Board of Directors of the Legal Council for Health Justice (formerly the AIDS Legal Council of Chicago). Jordan was also instrumental in launching and developing PILI’s own Alumni Network Leadership Council. He currently serves as Vice Chair of the Council, and will chair the Council next year.

Jordan’s good nature and passion for his pro bono work are infectious. A natural leader, Jordan has helped enlist hundreds of new attorneys in pro bono work from early in their career, demonstrating his own lifelong commitment to public interest law and pro bono service, and inspiring it in others.

“Jordan treats each pro bono client as special. He connects with his clients and does his very best for them. He is obviously proud of his work for them and happy that he is able to provide a measure of relief for whatever legal issue they present. Jordan is, without a doubt, the kindest, most sincere, dedicated PILl Alumnus doing pro bono work today.”

– Margaret Benson, CVLS Executive Director

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