Markham, Denice2014 – Denice Wolf Markham

Denice Wolf Markham has been a fierce advocate for domestic violence victims for her entire legal career, spanning more than 30 years. While raising her young son as a single parent, Denice put herself through college and then earned a J.D. from Loyola University School of Law in Chicago. During law school…

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Jones, Brian2014 – Brian K. Jones

Since 2010, Brian K. Jones has been an exemplary leader in the Wills for Heroes program, where his efforts have engaged volunteer attorneys from every sector of the legal community and contributed to more than 2,100 first responders having estate plans in place, free of charge. In addition to his tremendous commitment to Wills for Heroes, Brian developed a thriving law practice…

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Seng, Michael2014 – Michael P. Seng

The career of Professor Michael Seng includes stints as a clerk for a United States District Court, an associate at Jenner & Block, and an attorney for Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance. His most enduring legacy, however, is as a Professor at The John Marshall Law School, where for nearly 40 years he has focused on discrimination in housing…

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Quinn, Mary Jo2014 – Mary Jo Quinn

Mary Jo Quinn brings a unique perspective to the corporate law arena in her work at Allstate, having been a special education teacher for seven years before attending law school. Today, Mary Jo continues to advocate for some of the most vulnerable in our community through her work with Cabrini Green Legal Aid (CGLA), where she works to ensure that people with criminal records…

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Pelletier, Mike2014 – Michael J. Pelletier

Michael J. Pelletier is described by colleagues as a “zealous advocate,” “a skilled appellate attorney of unimpeachable ethics” and a “highly regarded leader in the criminal defense bar.” In his 38 years at the Office of the State Appellate Defender (OSAD), Michael has worked tirelessly to ensure that every OSAD client receives the high-quality representation that they deserve…

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Metz, Jill2014 – Jill M. Metz

Jill Metz has devoted her 35-year career in law to litigating, advocating and educating the public about LGBT legal issues, both in her private practice and through her pro bono service. Jill graduated from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 1978 and opened her firm, Jill Metz & Associates, in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood. Seeing a need, she quickly turned her focus…

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Jim Irving2013 – James R. Irving

James Irving’s commitment to pro bono, community service and improving the profession and the justice system is simply extraordinary. As a sixth-year associate at DLA Piper, Jim has a busy practice specializing in commercial litigation, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, yet he somehow finds the time to devote hundreds of hours each year to a variety…

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Tom Yates 20132013 – Thomas Yates

Thomas Yates’s entire distinguished legal career has been predicated upon helping people with disabilities to improve their quality of life. As General Counsel for Health & Disability Advocates for the past 17 years and prior to that a Supervisory Attorney at the Legal Assistance Foundation for 11 years, Tom has guided thousands of clients towards economic and health care security…

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Colby Kingsbury2013 – Colby Anne Kingsbury

Colby Kingsbury doesn’t consider pro bono service to be a task or an option; she considers it an integral part of being a lawyer. Through her many hours of direct pro bono service and her leadership in a variety of different pro bono contexts Colby has helped scores of incarcerated individuals, immigrant families, and children impacted by poverty, abuse and discrimination.

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Angela Frye2013 – Angela B. Frye

From the start of her legal career as a litigator at Kirkland & Ellis, Angela Frye has demonstrated a strong commitment to pro bono. She handled a variety of pro bono matters at the firm, including expulsion cases, petitions under the Violence Against Women Act and federal criminal matters. When Angie left Kirkland to join Verizon Wireless, Inc., she brought…

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