Attorneys for Illinois Outreach Project (Project) is an effort to bring quality attorneys from Howard University School of Law to the State of Illinois.  The Project has established a consortium of public and private employers that have committed to interviewing law students from Howard law, recommended by Project members.  The Project’s founding members, Senator James F. Clayborne Jr., Illinois Senate Assistant Minority Leader (D-East St. Louis), Senator Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago) and Howard alum Peter Baroni have traveled to Washington D.C. for the past several years to interview Howard University School of Law students on campus.  After interviewing law students, Project members deliberate and recommend a small group of highly qualified law students to Project consortium member employers for further interviews in Illinois.  

The Project was conceived by its co-founders to allow legal employers in Illinois to supplement their existing diversity recruitment efforts by providing Howard law student prospects vetted by the experience and perspective of the collective Project team.  Project members, all licensed Illinois attorneys, have over 50 years of experience practicing law in Illinois as public and private sector lawyers.  The Project is committed to recommending the highest quality candidates from Howard University School of Law through this innovative, cooperative recruiting initiative.  Based on the success of the Project, there will be an expansion of employer participation as well as law school campus recruiting in the future. 

Project consortium member employers are committed to considering the candidate recommendations made by the Project team for further interviews in Illinois at the employer’s expense. Project members are engaged in this recruiting process on a pro bono basis.

The Project is hosted by the law firm of Leinenweber Baroni & Daffada LLC at their Chicago office located at 203 North LaSalle Street, Suite 1620, Chicago, Illinois 60601, telephone 866-786-3705.  

For inquiries, contact Peter Baroni.

The following is a list of public and private sector employees that have participated in the Outreach Project.

DuPage County State's Attorney's Office
Lake County State's Attorney's Office
St. Clair County State's Attorney's Office
Cook County State's Attorney's Office
Office of the Cook County Public Defender
City Colleges of Chicago (Law Department)
Chicago Public Schools (Law Department)
Hinshaw & Culberson
Illinois Office of the State Appellate DefenderIllinois Office of the State's Attorney's Appellate Prosecutor