2011 – Sandra J. Wall
Sandy Wall’s commitment to serving those in need, and her compassion for those she serves, are truly exemplary. Sandy consistently participates in a variety of pro bono and community service projects while keeping up with the busy pace of her position as Managing Counsel for the Franchise Group at McDonald’s Corporation.
One great example of Sandy’s dedication to pro bono is her leadership and personal efforts to develop and implement McDonald’s U-Visa program. Through this program, McDonald’s partners with the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) to help immigrants who are the victims of violent crimes by assisting in prosecuting their cases and applying for visas on their behalf. Sandy not only led efforts to develop the program at McDonald’s, she has continued to manage the program for the legal department and devotes countless hours to recruiting and supporting volunteers, streamlining the training, and serving as the liaison between McDonald’s and NIJC.
Sandy is not just a supervisor. She takes on many U-Visa cases herself, personally advocating for her clients. Recently, she obtained a visa for a young mother who was the victim of abuse by her boyfriend. Now this young woman is able to safely remain in our country and can better support her children.
Somehow, Sandy also makes time in her busy schedule to serve as a member on McDonald’s pro bono committee, as well as work on almost every one of the many other pro bono projects McDonald’s has taken on during her tenure there. Sandy even dedicates her weekends to helping others – every Sunday she volunteers at a soup kitchen. Sandy’s commitment and compassion is conveyed by how deeply she cares about each of her clients. Sandy truly embodies all that the Exelon Award was created to recognize and celebrate.