Each year the CBF partners with The Chicago Bar Association to recognize exemplary attorneys in our legal community through the CBF/CBA Pro Bono and Public Service Awards and the Justice John Paul Stevens Award.

The Pro Bono and Public Service Awards celebrate outstanding members of the legal profession who have used their talents and resources to improve access to justice for the less fortunate in our community. This year’s awards were presented at the virtual Pro Bono and Public Service Awards Celebration on July 14, 2020.


Kimball R. Anderson and Karen Gatsis Anderson Public Interest Law Fellowship

Martin Cozzola, Chicago Volunteer Legal Services

Exelon Outstanding Corporate Counsel Award

Jane Mansell, McDonald’s Corporation

Richard J. Phelan Public Service Award

Marcia M. Meis, Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts

Edward J. Lewis II Pro Bono Service Award

Ken Schmetterer, DLA Piper LLP (US)

Maurice Weigle Exceptional Young Lawyer Award

Yasamin N. Kaye, Goldberg Kohn Ltd.

Leonard Jay Schrager Award of Excellence

Laurie Mikva, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

Thomas H. Morsch Public Service Award

Wendy Pollack, Shriver Center on Poverty Law

The Justice John Paul Stevens Award honors Justice Stevens, a Chicago native, for his lifetime effort to improve the system of justice and his active participation and dedication to the CBA. The award is presented at an annual luncheon to attorneys who best exemplify the Justice’s commitment to integrity and public service in the practice of law.