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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2017 – Gary Wachtel

Gary Wachtel epitomizes the principle of leadership by example. In 2012, as a senior director in the law department at Discover Financial Services, Gary brought leadership and a strong personal commitment that were instrumental in building from what would become an award-winning pro bono program that he now chairs. Over the past two years, more […]

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2017 – Daniel J. Lesser

Dan Lesser began his legal career working at top private law firms, but early on decided to leave the private sector to serve low-income people and the cause of equal access to justice. He began his legal aid career at LAF, quickly becoming an expert on public benefits. After new Legal Services Corporation rules restricted […]

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2016 – Timothy J. Hufman

For over 30 years at LAF, Tim Hufman has dedicated his legal career to keeping families safe, housed and together. As a Supervisory Attorney in the Housing Practice Group, Tim’s depth of knowledge in housing law has enabled him to turn the most desperate situations into positive outcomes for his clients.

Last year, Tim shifted his […]

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2016 – Shaye L. Loughlin

DePaul University College of Law is known throughout the country for its outstanding public interest law program, and Shaye Loughlin has been instrumental in building that reputation. As Executive Director of the school’s Center for Public Interest Law, Shaye’s work has one mission: to provide the best possible training for students to become legal advocates […]

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2016 – Andrew F. Merrick

In practice for less than a decade, Andrew F. Merrick, a litigation Partner at Jenner & Block LLP, already stands out for his commitment to helping others while maintaining his busy commercial litigation practice on behalf of some of the firm’s most significant clients.

Andrew joined Jenner & Block in 2006 and immediately began devoting substantial […]

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2016 – Lawrence A. Wojcik

Throughout his impressive career spanning four decades, Larry Wojcik has been a true champion for pro bono and public service. He jumped right in as a newly minted lawyer in 1977, representing poor people facing a variety of legal issues through Chicago Volunteer Legal Services. Those initial endeavors were just the beginning, and he has […]

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