CBA & CBF Pro Bono & Public Service Awards Luncheon

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July 17, 2017
The Fairmont Chicago

David M. Bamlango
DLA Piper LLP (US)

Susan L. Lees
Allstate Insurance Company

Pro bono and public service represent some of the noblest traditions in the legal profession, and the amount of work performed by individuals in our community is nothing short of amazing. The awards presented at the CBA & CBF Pro Bono & Public Service Awards Luncheon honor lawyers from a broad cross-section of the legal community whose passion for serving others is reflected in their extraordinary commitment to the ideals of equal access to justice. Recognizing several of our profession’s unsung heroes and their dedication to pro bono and public service, these awards also serve to build awareness of the impact our collective efforts can have in the lives of the most vulnerable people in our community.

This year’s awards were presented by Co-Chairs David Bamlango and Susan Lees on July 17, 2017 at the Fairmont Hotel.

Congratulations to Debra Pickett, winner of the event’s Drawing for Justice. Debra selected Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights to receive a special $1,000 grant in her name.


The Kimball R. Anderson and Karen Gatsis Anderson Public Interest Law Fellowship
Sarah Hess, Legal Council for Health Justice

The Exelon Outstanding Corporate Counsel Award
Gary Wachtel, Discover Financial Services

The Richard J. Phelan Public Service Award
Sheri Mecklenburg, United States Attorney’s Office

The Edward J. Lewis II Pro Bono Service Award
Kathleen Robson Gordon and Salvador J. Lopez, Robson & Lopez LLC

The Maurice Weigle Exceptional Young Lawyer Award
Trisha M. Rich, Holland & Knight LLP

The Leonard Jay Schrager Award of Excellence
Howard M. Rubin, DePaul University College of Law

The Thomas H. Morsch Public Service Award
Daniel J. Lesser, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

Special thanks to the sponsors that made this event possible.


Akina, A GrowthPlay Company
Baker McKenzie LLP
Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP
Brinks Gilson & Lione
Butler Rubin Saltarelli & Boyd LLP
Clifford Law Offices
Corboy & Demetrio
Dentons US LLP
Discover Financial Services
Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Dykema Gossett PLLC
Eimer Stahl LLP
Jenner & Block LLP
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Law Bulletin Publishing Company
Mayer Brown LLP
McDermott Will & Emery
McDonald’s Corporation
Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, P.L.C.
Navigant Consulting, Inc.
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Quarles & Brady LLP
Reed Smith LLP
Ropes & Gray LLP
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Sidley Austin LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Tomasik Kotin Kasserman LLC
United Airlines, Inc.
Winston & Strawn LLP


Allstate Insurance Company
Attorneys’ Title Guaranty Fund, Inc.
Bank of America
Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP
CBA Administrators, Inc.
CME Group
Computing Source
DLA Piper LLP (US)
Goldberg Kohn Ltd.
Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP
Jones Day
Kralovec Jambois & Schwartz
Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Northern Trust
Passen Law Group
Pincus Professional Education
Richard J. Prendergast, Ltd.
Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP
Scharf Banks Marmor LLC
Verity Group


Bryan Cave LLP
Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
Holland & Knight LLP
The John Marshall Law School
Latham & Watkins LLP
Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP
Schiff Hardin LLP
Leonard & Joyce Schrager
Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney, Ltd.
Walgreen Co.
For more information, contact Elena Dennis at or (312) 554-8303.