The Thomas H. Morsch Award, which includes a $10,000 cash prize generously provided by the Morsch family, was established to recognize and reward exemplary lawyers who choose public service work as a career. It is named after Thomas H. Morsch, a former partner at Sidley Austin, and a leader in the Chicago legal community who has championed the cause of public interest law for more than 40 years. Mr. Morsch headed Sidley Austin's commercial litigation department from 1973-1995, was a member of the firm's Executive Committee and supervised the firm's Committee on Pro Bono and Public Interest Law for 20 years. Mr. Morsch was the first Director of the Small Business Opportunity Center at Northwestern University School of Law, now known as The Entrepreneurship Law Center. He is currently the Center's Emeritus Director. Mr. Morsch has also served as president of The Chicago Bar Foundation and in leadership positions on the boards of numerous other charitable and legal organizations.
Nominations are due on May 17, 2013. Click here for more information