Congratulations to the outstanding legal aid attorneys selected to receive the 2016 CBF Sun-Times Public Interest Law Fellowship:
- Lesley Arizmendi, Equip for Equality
- Adrian Barr, Prairie State Legal Services
- Graham Bowman, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless
- Virginia Torres, Life Span
- Samoane Williams, First Defense Legal Aid
This is the tenth group of attorneys to receive the Fellowship, which has been annually awarded to legal aid or public interest law attorneys who demonstrate a commitment to public interest work, academic achievement in law school, and outstanding character and integrity.
The Sun-Times Fellowship program aims to help alleviate financial concerns and make it more manageable for these exceptional attorneys to continue their careers in legal aid. In doing so, the CBF helps ensure that the most vulnerable people in our community have access to the protections of our justice system.
The Fellowships will be formally presented at a reception in October, along with the Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Public Interest Law Scholarship, given to a law student who plans to pursue a career in public service. This year’s Marovitz Scholarship recipient is Amanda Insalaco, an incoming first-year at DePaul University College of Law.