Kelly Tautges, CBF Director of Pro Bono and Court Advocacy, was awarded with the prestigious Thurgood Marshall Award of Excellence from the Chicago Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel at last night’s Annual In-House Counsel Celebration Dinner. The award celebrates the contributions of a person who exemplifies Justice Marshall’s commitment to access to justice and has made a strong impact in the community.
There is no doubt that Kelly has done that. She leads the CBF’s pro bono efforts, working with lawyers, firms, corporations, the courts, and pro bono and legal aid organizations to maximize the impact of pro bono work. Kelly also leads the CBF’s advocacy efforts with the courts for policies promoting access to justice, including policies that make the courts and administrative agencies more user friendly for people without lawyers.
Kelly is incredibly dedicated to her work. She is smart, articulate, diplomatic, and thoughtful. Kelly brings together people from all corners of the legal system to put together solutions that improve our community’s pro bono programs and courts, and, ultimately helps thousands of the people in need who depend on these resources. We’re grateful to work alongside such an outstanding colleague and are so happy to see Kelly’s work recognized with this well-deserved award. Congratulations, Kelly!