The 2017 Pro Bono & Public Service Award Recipients (clockwise from top center): Trisha Rich, Salvador Lopez, Sheri Mecklenburg, Dan Lesser, Sarah Hess, Howard Rubin, Kathleen Robson Gordon, and Gary Wachtel

Each year the CBF partners with The Chicago Bar Association to recognize exemplary attorneys in our legal community through the CBF/CBA Pro Bono and Public Service Awards and the Justice John Paul Stevens Award.

The Pro Bono and Public Service Awards celebrate outstanding members of the legal profession who have used their talents and resources to improve access to justice for the less fortunate in our community. This year’s awards were presented at our annual Pro Bono and Public Service Awards Luncheon on July 17, 2017.


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

The Justice John Paul Stevens Award honors Justice Stevens, a Chicago native, for his lifetime effort to improve the system of justice and his active participation and dedication to the CBA. The award is presented at an annual luncheon to attorneys who best exemplify the Justice’s commitment to integrity and public service in the practice of law.