2019 – Sherene Awad Jodrey

Sherene Awad Jodrey has been a champion for pro bono throughout her legal career, first as an associate at Winston & Strawn, then in-house at Aon, and now as Senior Counsel at The Boeing Company. The length and breadth of her pro bono service are impressive, as is the ripple effect of her pro bono […]

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2018 – Dolores Ayala

As Senior Counsel for Employment Law & Litigation for the Allstate Insurance Company since 2016, and former Senior Counsel for the Walgreen Company, Dolores Ayala has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to pro bono service. She is a pro bono volunteer, advocate, recruiter, and leader, and has significantly expanded the pool of in-house attorneys who provide […]

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2017 – Gary Wachtel

Gary Wachtel epitomizes the principle of leadership by example. In 2012, as a senior director in the law department at Discover Financial Services, Gary brought leadership and a strong personal commitment that were instrumental in building from what would become an award-winning pro bono program that he now chairs. Over the past two years, more […]

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2016 – Eric Carlson

As Senior Counsel for McDonald’s Corporation since 2003, Eric Carlson has demonstrated an impressive commitment to pro bono service. Eric leads by example in showing that pro bono can be fully compatible with a busy and demanding workload for the company. Eric has provided his expert legal counsel in a variety of pro bono programs […]

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2015 – Claire Battle

Though a busy and successful in-house attorney at ArcelorMittal USA, Claire Battle continues to put legal aid work at the forefront of her career. Her commitment to Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing (LCBH), dating back to her undergraduate years, has effected substantial improvements in fundraising, programming, and overall success. As importantly, her work proliferates as […]

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2014 – Mary Jo Quinn

Mary Jo Quinn brings a unique perspective to the corporate law arena in her work at Allstate, having been a special education teacher for seven years before attending law school. Today, Mary Jo continues to advocate for some of the most vulnerable in our community through her work with Cabrini Green Legal Aid (CGLA), where she works to ensure that people with criminal records…

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2013 – Angela B. Frye

From the start of her legal career as a litigator at Kirkland & Ellis, Angela Frye has demonstrated a strong commitment to pro bono. She handled a variety of pro bono matters at the firm, including expulsion cases, petitions under the Violence Against Women Act and federal criminal matters. When Angie left Kirkland to join Verizon Wireless, Inc., she brought…

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2012 – Steven S. Fus

Steven Fus exemplifies the tremendous impact that lawyers working in the corporate sector can have through pro bono work. As the Assistant General Counsel for Legal Operations and Administration at United Airlines, Inc., Steve for several years has quietly led by example on pro bono through his impressive volunteer efforts at Cabrini Green Legal Aid (CGLA).

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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.

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2010 – Mary Anne Smith, Illinois Institute of Technology

2009 – Kal Gibron, Sears Holding Corporation

2008 – Minauti Mehta, Abbott Laboratories

2007 – Randall S. Rapp, Woods Equipment Company

2006 – Laura L. Hois, McDonald’s Corporation

2005 – Daniel A. Cotter, Unitrin Services Company

2004 – Steven M. Cook, Sears, Roebuck and Co.

2003 – Sujata Dayal and Tejal Vakharia, Abbott Laboratories

2002 – Pauline Levy, McDonald’s Corporation

2001 – Mary Ann O’Connor, Bank One Corporation

2000 – Daniel J. Harper, The Chicago Tribune

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