2022 – Patrick Yingling

“Freedom was a dream only inside of my head, until I met Patrick Yingling.”

-Olachi Tiffany Etoh, a client represented by Patrick

Patrick Yingling is a partner at Reed Smith LLP.  Incredibly, in addition to a busy practice at the firm, he has dedicated an average of more than 750 hours each year to pro bono cases […]

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2022 – Hon. Catherine Schneider

Described appropriately by her colleagues as an “unsung hero,” Judge Catherine Schneider has been dedicated to legal aid, pro bono, and access to justice from the time she graduated from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 1994. Early in her legal career, she was the Pro Bono Coordinator for Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing […]

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2022 – Jennifer Rosato Perea

As one of the first Latina law school deans in the United States, Dean Jennifer Rosato Perea has been a trailblazer in her field.  

Dean Jenn has served as a dean for over 15 years. Her first deanship was as acting dean of Kline Drexel School of Law in its first year of operation. From there, […]

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2022 – Chantal Kazay

Chantal Kazay’s longstanding commitment to pro bono work dates to her time in law school at Loyola University Chicago’s School of Law, where as a student member of the school’s Street Law class she visited juvenile detention centers and provided “Criminal Law 101” to detained youth and underserved communities. While in law school she volunteered […]

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2022 – Shelisa M. Thomas

“Shelisa is my angel.”  

Those words were spoken by Corzell Cole, a client who Shelisa Thomas represented in a clemency case.  

While Shelisa is still early in her legal career, her inspiring commitment to pro bono and access to justice has been on display from the time she started law school at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, […]

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2022 – Pat Wrona

Pat Wrona is the embodiment of CARPLS’ core mission: that no one should face a legal problem alone. 

In 1995, Pat joined CARPLS as a part-time attorney and later became a supervisor. Since 2007, Pat has been CARPLS’ Director of Legal Services. Pat supports a 50-person staff that delivers services in thirteen practice areas through CARPLS’ […]

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2021 – Hon. Maxwell Griffin, Jr.

The Honorable Maxwell Griffin, Jr. has spent his nearly two decades as a judge dedicated to serving vulnerable families and children. After many successful years as an attorney in private practice, Judge Griffin began serving as an Associate Judge in the Child Protection Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County in October, 2003. In […]

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2021 – Michelle Gilbert

Michelle Gilbert has spent over 30 years in the legal aid community working in housing law. Most recently, Michelle joined the Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing as their Legal and Policy Director, where she has been instrumental in a variety of local efforts to address the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on renters. Michelle leads […]

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2021 – Sarah Grady

Despite being a relatively new lawyer, Sarah Grady has already made an enormous impact within the legal community. Sarah leads the Prisoners’ Rights Project at the law firm of Loevy & Loevy, where she has worked since 2013. Throughout her time in the legal field, she has showed an impressive dedication to public interest and […]

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2021 – Colleen Boraca

Colleen Boraca is a Clinical Associate Professor at Northern Illinois University College of Law and the Director of the NIU Health Advocacy Clinic (HAC), a medical-legal partnership located at Hesed House, the second largest homeless shelter in Illinois. Her colleagues describe her as a kind, trustworthy, and accomplished attorney who forms strong relationships with her […]

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