2017 – Sarah Hess

For Sarah Hess, helping others is not just a calling, but a family tradition. Sarah’s late father was a leading activist in Chicago’s school reform movement, championing equal educational rights for the city’s poorest students as the director of the Chicago Panel on School Policy. Determined to carry on his legacy of advocacy for our […]

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2016 – Amanda Walsh

Amanda Walsh, a 2015 graduate of Loyola University Chicago School of Law, already is making a huge impact in her legal career at the Legal Council for Health Justice. Bridging the social service and legal systems, Amanda established the first children’s behavioral health medical-legal partnership in Illinois with Mt. Sinai Hospital’s Under the Rainbow outpatient […]

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2015 – Candace Moore

Candace Moore, a 2013 graduate of Loyola University Chicago School of Law, is a staff attorney at Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (CLCCRUL). As an intern at CLCCRUL during law school and later as a volunteer, Candace helped establish the organization’s Education Equity Project, which she continues to focus her work on […]

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2014 – Catherine Longkumer

Catherine Longkumer’s deep commitment to protecting the rights of human trafficking victims began in college when she first read about sexual slavery as part of a book study. These stories had a profound impact on Catherine and would become a driving force of her career. Not satisfied to simply read about the problem, she took action and spent a month in Thailand…

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2013 – Daniel M. Hochbaum

Daniel Hochbaum is an Equal Justice Works Fellow with Equip for Equality’s Special Education Clinic. At Equip for Equality, Daniel established the Learning Disabilities Project, which provides direct legal representation, self-advocacy education and outreach to Chicago’s low-income children with learning disabilities and their families.

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2012 – Susan LePeau DeCostanza

Susan LePeau DeCostanza’s commitment to public service and passion for helping children began long before she attended law school. After graduating from Boston College, Susan spent two years volunteering in Peru, where she created and implemented a literacy program for women and children and taught a class for youth.

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2011 – Todd L. Belcore

Todd Belcore had a lot of options as he started his legal career. After graduating from the University of Michigan, he worked at Kirkland & Ellis as a Litigation Department Project Assistant. He then went to Northwestern Law School where he was President of the Student Bar Association his third year and graduated on the Dean’s List in 2010.

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2010 – Elizabeth A. Cunningham, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless

2009 – Teri L. Ross, Illinois Legal Aid Online

2008 – Dennericka Brooks, Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago

2007 – Miguel Keberlein Gutierrez, Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago

2006 – Sarah E. Biehl, Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago

2005 – Michael G. Bergmann, Public Interest Law Initiative

2004 – Sherizaan Minwalla, National Immigrant Justice Center

2003 – Elizabeth Berrones-Rotchford, Cabrini Green Legal Aid Clinic

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