2019 – Lisa Parsons

Lisa Parsons has spent her 30-year legal career fighting for those who have fallen through the cracks the most—individuals struggling with homelessness, chronic mental illness, and substance abuse disorders. In a variety of roles, Lisa has bettered the lives of thousands of clients while simultaneously confronting and challenging the stigma attached to homelessness, addiction, and […]

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2018 – Patricia Nix-Hodes

Patricia Nix-Hodes, Director of the Law Project of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH), has spent her 26-year legal career fighting for the rights of homeless people. Whether through individual advocacy, impact litigation, or shaping public policy, Patricia’s work has had a positive and often life-changing impact on tens of thousands of people across […]

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2017 – Daniel J. Lesser

Dan Lesser began his legal career working at top private law firms, but early on decided to leave the private sector to serve low-income people and the cause of equal access to justice. He began his legal aid career at LAF, quickly becoming an expert on public benefits. After new Legal Services Corporation rules restricted […]

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2016 – Timothy J. Hufman

For over 30 years at LAF, Tim Hufman has dedicated his legal career to keeping families safe, housed and together. As a Supervisory Attorney in the Housing Practice Group, Tim’s depth of knowledge in housing law has enabled him to turn the most desperate situations into positive outcomes for his clients.

Last year, Tim shifted his […]

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2015 – Phillip J. Mohr

Over the course of his legal career, Phillip Mohr has instilled a love for pro bono in hundreds, if not thousands, of Chicago attorneys and law students. As Deputy Director of Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (CVLS) and Director of Family Law, Phil’s contributions to public service and pro bono are substantial, essential and, most importantly, […]

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2014 – Denice Wolf Markham

Denice Wolf Markham has been a fierce advocate for domestic violence victims for her entire legal career, spanning more than 30 years. While raising her young son as a single parent, Denice put herself through college and then earned a J.D. from Loyola University School of Law in Chicago. During law school…

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2013 – Thomas Yates

Thomas Yates’s entire distinguished legal career has been predicated upon helping people with disabilities to improve their quality of life. As General Counsel for Health & Disability Advocates for the past 17 years and prior to that a Supervisory Attorney at the Legal Assistance Foundation for 11 years, Tom has guided thousands of clients towards economic and health care security…

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2012 – Marta C. Bukata

Marta C. Bukata, a professor in her native Argentina before coming to Chicago in 1972, has dedicated nearly her entire legal career to tirelessly advocating for some of the most vulnerable people in our community: children and victims of domestic violence. Since 1986, Marta has played an integral role at the Chicago Legal Clinic, where she has served as Deputy Director since 1989…

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2011 – Richard T. Cozzola

Richard Cozzola is Supervising Attorney of the Children’s Law Project at Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago where he has worked for more than 14 years. Prior to LAF he helped develop the curriculum for the CIVITAS ChildLaw Center at Loyola University Chicago School of Law as its first Program Director, served as Director of Training…

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2010 – Benjamin S. Wolf, Roger Baldwin Foundation of the ACLU of Illinois, Inc.

2009 – Margaret Stapleton, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

2008 – Alan A. Alop, LAF

2007 – Ann Hilton Fisher, AIDS Legal Council of Chicago

2006 – Eugene C. Edwards, LAF

2005 – Alan Mills, Uptown People’s Law Center

2005 – Andrew J. Cohen, LAF (Special Award)

2004 – Susan Kaplan, Community Economic Development Law Project

2003 – Frances Corwin, Legal Aid Bureau of Metropolitan Family Services

2002 – Marshall J. Hartman, Office of the Illinois Appellate Defender

2001 – Margaret C. Benson, Chicago Volunteer Legal Services

2000 – William P. Wilen, National Center on Poverty Law

1999 – Edward I. Grossman, Chicago Legal Clinic

1998 – Laurene M. Heybach, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless

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