2017 – Howard M. Rubin

As he nears retirement after an illustrious 46-year career as a lawyer—the last 40 of which have been at the DePaul College of Law—Professor Howard Rubin is duly recognized for his exemplary professionalism, his commitment to the next generation of lawyers, and his dedication to improving the justice system. Howard has led by example throughout […]

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2016 – Shaye L. Loughlin

DePaul University College of Law is known throughout the country for its outstanding public interest law program, and Shaye Loughlin has been instrumental in building that reputation. As Executive Director of the school’s Center for Public Interest Law, Shaye’s work has one mission: to provide the best possible training for students to become legal advocates […]

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2015 – Mary Bird

Professor Mary Bird has shaped new generations of public interest advocates throughout her career. As Director of Public Service programs at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, she fosters the belief that the law is a profession with the potential to significantly change society for the better.

Mary has dedicated her career to educating and protecting […]

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2014 – Michael P. Seng

The career of Professor Michael Seng includes stints as a clerk for a United States District Court, an associate at Jenner & Block, and an attorney for Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance. His most enduring legacy, however, is as a Professor at The John Marshall Law School, where for nearly 40 years he has focused on discrimination in housing…

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2013 – Leonard Rubinowitz

In his more than 40 years on the faculty at Northwestern University School of Law, Professor Leonard Rubinowitz has become a veritable institution of legal education in Chicago and a revered figure in the public interest law community. In his capacities as a lawyer, teacher and mentor, Len has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to social justice and improving…

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2012 – Cynthia A. Wilson

Cynthia Wilson has improved access to justice, promoted legal ethics and encouraged public service throughout her career. First as a private attorney, then as a legal aid attorney, and now in her many roles at Northwestern University School of Law, Cindy has inspired countless students to incorporate public interest work into their careers.

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2011 – Stacey E. Platt

Professor Stacey E. Platt has devoted her legal career to serving low-income children and families, particularly in child welfare and high-conflict custody cases, some of the most highly charged and challenging in our legal system. After starting her career as a staff attorney at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, Stacey has served as a clinical professor…

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2010 – Joseph Butler

Professor Joseph Butler has dedicated his legal career to advocating for the victims of housing discrimination and veterans of the United States military who have been denied the benefits that they rightfully deserve. Both directly and through his inspiration and mentoring of scores of students, Professor Butler’s legal work and teaching have had a real impact on Chicago’s community.

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2009 – Randolph N. Stone

A colleague of Professor Randolph Stone describes him as “simply the greatest lawyer and teacher I have ever known.” Professor Stone is a leading expert in criminal and juvenile justice and has been a Clinical Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School for over fifteen years. Among many other accomplishments during his tenure there, he both created…

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2008 – Marguerite Angelari, Loyola University Chicago School of Law

2007 – Ralph Ruebner, The John Marshall Law School

2006 – Leonard L. Cavise, DePaul University College of Law

2005 – Henry Rose, Loyola University Chicago School of Law

2004 – Douglass Cassel, Northwestern University School of Law

2003 – Tom Geraghty, Northwestern University School of Law
Diane Geraghty, Loyola University Chicago School of Law

2002 – Ronald W. Staudt, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law

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