Marc Primack recognized for 20 years of voluntary legal service

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Marc Primack, Wilmette, an attorney at Dykema Chicago, is being honored for his pro bono work with the Jewish United Fund Community Legal Services program. Primack will be recognized by Chicago Volunteer Legal Services on April 18, for nearly 20 years of dedication and commitment to the community.

Over the years, Primack has taken on nearly 50 cases, helping at least that number of clients through the America Jewish Congress, which is now the JUF Community Legal Services program. The program is part of Chicago Volunteer Legal Services.

At Dykema, Primack specializes in commercial litigation, banking issues, bankruptcy, antitrust and immigration. He received a Distinguished Service Award from CVLS in 2008. He was named an Illinois Leading Lawyer in Commercial Litigation by the Leading Lawyers Network, 2006-2009 and 2012.

"For us, that means Marc works on contract disputes, wills, evictions from nursing homes and consumer issues," said Sima Blue, JUF Community Legal Services Clinic Coordinator. "He can handle almost anything that comes up and does so with the gentle, personable manner that puts clients at ease and inspires confidence that he will guide them through their most difficult situations."

The JUF Community Legal Services program provides individuals and families in need of legal services with access to free legal representation. Volunteer attorneys staff the program, providing pro bono legal assistance in civil matters. In 2012, more than 100 clients received service, with a majority of cases related to housing, administrative problems, bankruptcy and family law.

"Marc is committed to the idea of pro bono service, giving back to the community, as well as the continued growth of the JCLS program," Blue said. "Instead of waiting to be called to volunteer each year, he anticipates the need and asks to be scheduled. He continues to be an outstanding volunteer and we are so fortunate to have him."

Primack is a member of the American Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, Decalogue Society and American Immigration Lawyers Association. He has been an arbitrator with the Cook County Mandatory Arbitration Program since 1997. From 1983-1990, he was on the Chicago Area Jewish Hospice Association Board of Directors, serving as a member, legal counsel and treasurer.

He received his J.D. from Stanford University, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from The University of Chicago.

Attorneys interested in volunteering may call (312) 444-2833 or email

For information on receiving free legal assistance through the JUF Community Legal Services program, call (847) 568-1525. Financial eligibility requirements vary depending on the type of case, income level of the client and household size.

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