Pro Bono & Public Service Awards Luncheon

The 2024 CBA & CBF Pro Bono & Public Service Awards will be held on Friday, July 19 at the Hilton Chicago. We are excited 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 on the lives of the most vulnerable people in our community.

Online ticket sales for this year’s event have now closed, but there are a limited number of tickets still available. For more information, please contact the CBF’s Senior Manager of Communications & Events, Emme Veenbaas, at

2024 Co-Chairs

Mike Lehrman

Baker McKenzie

Corina Oprea

Mondelēz International, Inc.

“We, in this room, are incredibly blessed in so many ways.  To start, each of us woke up, we are breathing and have clothes on our backs.  As we go through our days, litigating, managing disputes or negotiating complex transactions, some of us tend to take our eye and focus off the fact that we were born with a purpose and unique gifts.  But those gifts were not solely for us.  We have simply been chosen or blessed as caretakers of those gifts with a responsibility to release it.”
 – Melvin Flowers, 2023 Exelon Outstanding Corporate Counsel Award Recipient

Thank you to our 2024 Sponsors!


Clifford Law Offices
Corboy & Demetrio
Eimer Stahl LLP
Jenner & Block LLP
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Law Bulletin Media

McDermott Will & Emery
Ropes & Gray LLP
Sidley Austin LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Tomasik Kotin Kasserman, LLC
United Airlines, Inc.


Cooley LLP
DLA Piper LLP (US)
Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Goldberg Kohn Foundation

Jones Day
Latham & Watkins LLP
McDonald’s Corporation
Winston & Strawn LLP


Allstate Insurance Company
Arboretum Wealth & Trust Management
Baker McKenzie
Barack Ferrezzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
CBA Insurance Agency
CME Group
Crowell & Moring LLP
Decalogue Society of Lawyers
Dentons US LLP
Discover Financial Services
Dykema Gossett PLLC
Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen P.C.
Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC
Mayer Brown LLP
McGuireWoods LLP
Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company

Mondelēz International, Inc.
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Much Shelist, P.C
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
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Steptoe LLP
The Toney Law Firm LLC
Valentine Austriaco & Bueschel, P.C.
Verity Group
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
Women’s Bar Association of Illinois

2023 Pro Bono & Public Service Awards Luncheon