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Quarles & Brady Provides Pro Bono Guidance to South Side Community Art Center

Chicago – The South Side Community Art Center (SSCAC) is teaming up with national law firm Quarles & Brady LLP, which is providing pro bono legal services to support the center’s ongoing rebranding and growth initiatives.

Steven Hunter, a commercial litigation partner in the Quarles & Brady Chicago office, is leading the firm’s efforts in support of SSCAC. Hunter and his colleagues are assisting the center with a select legal matters and business opportunities. Hunter is co-chair of the firm’s diversity & inclusion committee and is playing a leading role in the development of its African American Experience, an initiative aimed at strengthening the experience of Black attorneys and staff at the firm.

"We are excited about the future for the South Side Community Art Center and securing savvy legal guidance is a critical component to driving success," said Monique Brinkman-Hill, the center's executive director. "To receive this kind of pro bono support from a firm with a reputation as strong as Quarles & Brady is a major enhancement for the center. We are excited to work closely with them as we continue to move forward."

Founded in 1940, SSCAC is the oldest African American art center in the United States and is a Chicago Historic Landmark. With one eye on its rich past, the center today is building on its legacy by innovatively serving as an artist- and community-centered resource with programs, exhibitions and events that inspire the community. SSCAC showcases established artists and nurtures emerging creators. Through educational and artistic programs, exhibitions, talks, tours, and more, the center strives to engage, educate and connect community members to African American art and artists.

SSCAC is proud to have partnerships with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Columbia College and the University of Chicago. The center is supported by Alphawood Foundation Chicago, Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Chicago Community Trust, the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, the Driehaus Foundation, the Field Foundation of Illinois, the Joyce Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Monarch Awards Foundation, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund.

Quarles & Brady, founded in 1892, is a full-service AmLaw 200 firm with approximately 475 attorneys offering an array of legal services to clients ranging from individuals to small entrepreneurial businesses to Fortune 100 companies. The firm has practices focused in health care and life sciences, business law, labor and employment, real estate, intellectual property, data privacy and security, and complex litigation. Its 10 U.S. offices are in Chicago, Indianapolis, Madison, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Naples, Phoenix, Tampa, Tucson and Washington, D.C.