2022 – Nicole Smith

Nicole Smith has a longstanding commitment to serving those who typically lack access to the justice system. Nicole graduated from Washington University School of Law in 2019, but her commitment to public interest law began while she was still in law school. She interned at the Missouri Public Defender’s Office, the Illinois Office of the […]

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2021 – Alyssa Phillips

Alyssa K. Phillips, a 2017 graduate of the University of Notre Dame Law School, is already making a remarkable impact in her legal career as an Education Staff Attorney at Chicago Coalition for the Homeless. She advocates and provides legal assistance for the educational rights of homeless students in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs through outreach, […]

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martin cozzola2020 – Martin Cozzola

Martin can trace the origins of his strong commitment to public service back to his childhood. The son of a psychologist and a long-time legal aid attorney, Martin’s parents instilled in him the belief that we are all responsible to improve society.  His career in public service is a natural extension of this belief. A […]

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sue pak2019 – Sue Pak

Sue Pak’s commitment to public service and serving vulnerable communities began well before she attended law school. With a Master of Divinity from Trinity International University, Sue worked for almost 13 years in various ministry settings that served low-income, disenfranchised communities. In these roles, she witnessed firsthand the need for these communities to have access […]

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shannon glover2018 – Shannon Glover

Shannon Glover, an incoming first-year law student at Loyola University Chicago School of Law and the 2018 CBF Marovitz Scholar, has a strong desire to create change in the world through her work in education law. Experiencing adverse childhood circumstances, Shannon often turned to books to escape from her harsh realities growing up, which ultimately […]

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lydia sharp2018 – Lydia J. Sharp

Lydia J. Sharp, a 2016 cum laude graduate of IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, already is making a remarkable impact in her legal career as an Equal Justice Works Fellow at Equip for Equality. She provides outreach and legal advocacy to people with disabilities who have been sexually abused or trafficked in Illinois and conducts […]

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chris lee2017 – Christen David Lee

Christen David Lee started each of his high school days on the bus from his home in Austin and North Lawndale to Lincoln Park High School. Outside the windows, he watched the blocks of vacant lots and dilapidated buildings of the city’s west side slowly change into an entirely different world, where mansions sat across […]

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sarah hess2017 – Sarah Hess

For Sarah Hess, helping others is not just a calling, but a family tradition. Sarah’s late father was a leading activist in Chicago’s school reform movement, championing equal educational rights for the city’s poorest students as the director of the Chicago Panel on School Policy. Determined to carry on his legacy of advocacy for our […]

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amanda insalaco2016 – Amanda Insalaco

Amanda Insalaco, the 2016 CBF Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Scholarship recipient, has demonstrated an impressive commitment to public service and civic engagement, while distinguishing herself academically. At Northern Illinois University, Amanda studied Community Leadership and Civic Engagement, an interdisciplinary major that emphasizes public service, nonprofit management, and advocacy. Not only was she the first in her […]

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lesley arizmendi2016 – Lesley A. Arizmendi

Lesley Arizmendi’s deep commitment to the rights of people with disabilities has been evident throughout her time at Equip for Equality. What started as an externship during law school led to one year as a volunteer attorney, and to date, six years as a staff attorney for the organization.

In her current role as a staff […]

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