Pro Bono & Public Service Awards Luncheon

The 2023 CBA & CBF Pro Bono & Public Service Awards will be held on Thursday, July 20 at the Hilton Chicago. We are excited to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the event and to once again honor seven unsung heroes in our legal community for their remarkable pro bono and public service achievements.

Pro bono and public service represent some of the noblest traditions in the legal profession, and the amount of work performed by individuals in our community is nothing short of amazing. The awards presented honor lawyers from a broad cross-section of the legal community whose passion for serving others is reflected in their extraordinary commitment to the ideals of equal access to justice. These awards also serve to build awareness of the impact our collective efforts can have in the lives of the most vulnerable people in our community.

Nominations for all 2023 awards are now open. Learn more here.

A recent pro bono success—the release of a wrongfully convicted individual after 20 years’ incarceration—demonstrates why I do this work. My client had fallen victim to an imperfect justice system. Now he can parent in person. Now he can escape poverty and an environment plagued with incarceration, death, and drugs. Now he has resources at his disposal and advocates in his corner that give him a platform to disrupt generations of disadvantage and hardship. Pro bono work is an important driver of my happiness because I can be the helpline that I and many others like me never had.” – Shelisa Thomas, 2022 Edward J. Lewis Pro Bono Award Recipient

Thank you to our 2022 Sponsors!


  • Accenture
  • Ankura
  • Clifford Law Offices
  • Eimer Stahl LLP
  • Exelon
  • Jenner & Block LLP
  • Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
  • Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • Law Bulletin Media
  • LexisNexis
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • Ropes & Gray LLP
  • Sidley Austin LLP
  • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
  • Stout
  • Tomasik Kotin Kasserman, LLC
  • United Airlines, Inc.
  • Verizon
  • Zurich


  • Allstate Insurance Company
  • ArentFox Schiff LLP
  • Attorneys’ Title Guaranty Fund, Inc.
  • Baker McKenzie
  • Barack Ferrezzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP
  • Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
  • CBA Insurance Agency
  • CME Group
  • Crowell & Moring LLP
  • Dentons US LLP
  • Discover Financial Services
  • Dykema Gossett PLLC
  • GrowthPlay
  • Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen P.C.
  • Latham & Watkins LLP
  • LegalServer
  • Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC
  • Mayer Brown LLP
  • McDonald’s Corporation
  • McGuireWoods LLP
  • Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company
  • Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP
  • Passen & Powell
  • Peoples Gas
  • Perkins Coie LLP
  • Pincus Professional Education
  • Quarles & Brady LLP
  • Reed Smith LLP
  • Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP
  • Scharf Banks & Marmor LLC
  • Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney, Ltd
  • Seyfarth Shaw LLP
  • Verity Group

2022 Pro Bono & Public Service Awards Luncheon