2011 – Erin McCloskey Maus
Erin McCloskey Maus has been committed to pro bono from the time she was a student and Civitas scholar at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. She put this training to use as a summer associate at Baker & McKenzie when she successfully handled her first of many disability rights cases. Now a successful partner at Baker & McKenzie, Erin maintains a busy products liability and commercial litigation practice. Her passion for pro bono, however, remains as strong as when she was starting her career.
Erin has handled a wide range of pro bono matters involving a variety of legal issues, including social security disability benefits for children, employment discrimination, civil rights, predatory lending and elder abuse. Erin also dedicates a significant portion of her pro bono practice to special education, and has represented children in due process hearings and national advocacy groups before appellate courts.
Within her firm, Erin serves on a variety of pro bono committees, supervises and mentors many other attorneys on pro bono matters, and fosters pro bono relationships with clients, colleagues and the organizations with which they partner. Erin is also a leader in the larger pro bono community and, in particular, has provided steady and dedicated leadership at the Center for Disability and Elder Law, where she is the current President of the Board of Directors.
As one of her nominators said of her, “Erin not only talks the talk with regard to pro bono work, she walks the walk, every day of her life.” Like Edward J. Lewis II, Erin not only handles many pro bono cases herself, but through her leadership in her firm and in the community, she inspires and makes it possible for many other attorneys to engage in pro bono service as well.