2018 – Patricia Nix-Hodes

Patricia Nix-Hodes, Director of the Law Project of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH), has spent her 26-year legal career fighting for the rights of homeless people. Whether through individual advocacy, impact litigation, or shaping public policy, Patricia’s work has had a positive and often life-changing impact on tens of thousands of people across […]

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2018 – Harold J. Krent

As Dean and Professor at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, Harold Krent has spearheaded several new programs and initiatives designed to increase access to justice, with a particular focus on leveraging technology. Dean Krent joined the Kent faculty in 1994, focusing his scholarship on the many legal aspects of how people interact with the government. […]

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2018 – Anna M. Lozoya

Anna Lozoya, a Risk Manager at Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, stands out for her unique, interdisciplinary commitment to helping others. As a lawyer and a nurse, she uses her diverse skill set and experience to ensure that veterans receive optimal and holistic medical care.

As an attorney, Anna has been active in the legal community […]

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2018 – Linda T. Coberly

Throughout her career at Winston & Strawn LLP, Linda Coberly has been a powerful force for change in pro bono and public service. Since she joined the firm in 2004, she has completed more than 2,000 hours of pro bono service and worked on more than 90 pro bono cases. She shapes immigration policy, advocates […]

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2018 – Mercedes Luque-Rosales

For 29 years at the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, Mercedes Luque-Rosales showed an unwavering commitment to public service. She started as an Assistant State’s Attorney beginning in 1989 and rose through the ranks to the position of Felony Trial Specialist, where she developed a well-earned reputation as an excellent trial attorney who demonstrated deep […]

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2018 – Dolores Ayala

As Senior Counsel for Employment Law & Litigation for the Allstate Insurance Company since 2016, and former Senior Counsel for the Walgreen Company, Dolores Ayala has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to pro bono service. She is a pro bono volunteer, advocate, recruiter, and leader, and has significantly expanded the pool of in-house attorneys who provide […]

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2017 – Trisha M. Rich

Since beginning her career in 2005, Trish Rich has worked tirelessly to improve the legal profession, the justice system, and our community. The breadth and sheer volume of her accomplishments at this stage are impressive, and clearly demonstrate a deeply rooted passion for making our profession the best it can be.

Trish already has established herself […]

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2017 – Kathleen Robson Gordon and Salvador J. Lopez

Kathleen Robson Gordon and Sal Lopez started their two-partner law firm in 2012 with the explicit goal to make pro bono an essential component from day one. Hundreds of pro bono cases later and countless clients impacted, the results have been simply extraordinary in just their first five years together.

True to their mission, Kathleen and […]

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2017 – Howard M. Rubin

As he nears retirement after an illustrious 46-year career as a lawyer—the last 40 of which have been at the DePaul College of Law—Professor Howard Rubin is duly recognized for his exemplary professionalism, his commitment to the next generation of lawyers, and his dedication to improving the justice system. Howard has led by example throughout […]

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2017 – Sheri Mecklenburg

After leaving a successful career in private practice 19 years ago, Sheri Mecklenburg not only has demonstrated excellence in her work in the public sector, she has continually gone above and beyond the call of duty to improve the justice system.

Sheri began her public service career at the City of Chicago Law Department and later […]

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