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Quarles & Brady LLP Hosts First-Ever Community Development Symposium

More than 40 African-American clergy assemble to discuss "Building a 21st-Century Ministry"

CHICAGO, IL - The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP hosted a luncheon symposium, entitled "The Theology of Community Development: Building a 21st-Century Ministry," at its Chicago office on Monday, February 25. In attendance were ministers from some of the largest and most influential African-American churches in the city and surrounding area. The ministers and their staffs were part of the first in an ongoing series of meetings focusing on service to God through community development.

Urban Partnership Bank and Urban Ministries partnered with Quarles & Brady for the informative luncheon meeting, the first of its kind offered by the firm, to add investment and planning intelligence to the law firm's transactional know-how. Rev. C. Jeffrey Wright, CEO, Urban Ministries, Inc. delivered a keynote address, followed by a panel discussion moderated by Illinois State Senator Kwame Raoul, a partner at Quarles & Brady. Panel participants included John W. Daniels Jr., chairman of Quarles & Brady; Bishop Sedgwick Daniels, pastor of Holy Redeemer Institutional Church of God in Christ; Johnny L. Moutry, executive director, New Covenant Housing Corporation, Inc.; and Ken Robinson, portfolio manager, Urban Partnership Bank.

"Perhaps no organization is in a better position to identify and pursue economic initiatives that will most effectively address the needs of the community than the local church," said John Daniels. "What's needed to empower them and advance their agendas are financial and legal counselors who share their ideals."

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Partners Kwame Raoul and Steven Hunter, Quarles & Brady LLP; Chairman of Quarles & Brady LLP, John W. Daniels, Jr.; Johnny L. Moutry, Executive Director, New Covenant Housing Corporation, Inc.; Bishop Sedgwick Daniels, Pastor Holy Redeemer Institutional Church of God in Christ; and Rev. C. Jeffrey Wright, CEO Urban Ministries, Inc.

Participants in Quarles & Brady LLP's first ever forum on community development targeted to urban ministers was entitled "The Theology of Community Development: Building a 21st-Century Ministry". Pictured are pastors and staff from some of the Chicago areas largest, most influential African American churches and attorneys from Quarles & Brady LLP Chicago offices.

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