Marovitz Scholarship Recipients

2018 – 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 lead to education motivating her life’s work. Shannon grew up in rural Kansas in a blue-collar family, and is a first-generation college student, as well as the first in her family to earn a master’s degree. Shannon’s fierce advocacy and relentless work ethic speak to her promising future as an education lawyer.

Before entering law school in the fall of 2018, Shannon served as School Resources Coordinator at Mercy Home for Boys and Girls, a residential treatment facility for adolescents. In her role, she provided advocacy and case management for 8-10 middle and high school students. She managed over 20 partnerships with traditional public, private, charter, and therapeutic day schools to support youth who came to Mercy Home facing a wide variety of challenges. She developed good relationships with the staff of these partner schools to ensure they were aware of her youth client’s treatment goals and how they should align with their academic program. Shannon worked with homeless students, English language learners, diverse learners, and students who had survived traumatic events. She loved the challenge and multi-faceted aspects of this work because she believes in individual and system-level change.

Because of the unique challenges of the Chicago Public School system and a love for our vibrant city, Shannon intends to reside in Chicago for the rest of her life. After learning of her selection as the 2018 CBF Marovitz Scholar, Shannon said: This scholarship will allow me to worry less about making rent and focus on my studies. I am passionate about public interest law because of my interest in social justice and my personal experiences growing up. In my prior jobs and school programs, I personally benefited from professionals who invested in my holistic growth, and I hope to do the same for students throughout Chicago.

The Chicago Bar Foundation is proud to welcome Shannon to our distinguished group of CBF Marovitz Public Interest Law Scholars.

2017 – 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 the street from his school. Chris, recipient of the 2017 CBF Abraham Marovitz Scholarship, was struck by the incredible inequalities of Chicago. “As I matured,” he says, “I wanted to help make the difference in lifestyles of those in the neighborhoods along the way to school less glaring.”

While studying at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Chris worked as a fellow at the Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing. There, he helped study the effects of eviction records on housing stability and advocated for more tenant-protective sealing laws in such cases. He also helped develop a suite of presentation materials for educational outreach efforts on the subject. His materials for the eviction presentations resonate deeply with affected communities according to Mark Swartz, Executive Director at LCBH: “Chris understands the people impacted by eviction.”

After graduating from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2016, Chris accepted a year-long position as a full time Illinois JusticeCorps Fellow. He led a team of over twenty part-time AmeriCorps volunteers help people without lawyers navigate the court system at the Daley Center. Begun by the CBF as a pilot program in 2009, the innovative program seeks to make courts across Illinois more welcoming and less intimidating for people without lawyers.

Chris started law school at Chicago-Kent College of Law in the fall of 2017, and he is determined to further his burgeoning public interest law career. He strongly believes that legal disputes should be resolved based on the law, rather than on variable and unequal access to legal institutions. With a law degree, he hopes to be better able to expand access to legal aid and help right some of those inequalities. The Marovitz scholarship will help ease the burden of law school debt and will make a career in public interest law financially viable as Chris turns his dreams of a more just world into reality.

2016 – 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 family to attend college, but she also graduated summa cum laude and received a number of awards and accolades as an undergraduate. In addition to receiving NIU’s Outstanding Women Award and the Dean’s Award, Amanda was also a finalist for the Lincoln Student Laureate Award, the most prestigious undergraduate honor in Illinois.

Most recently, Amanda completed a year-long, full-time position as a Fellow with the Illinois JusticeCorps at the Knox County Courthouse in Galesburg. This innovative program recruits and trains students and recent college graduates to serve as guides to make courts across Illinois more welcoming and less intimidating for people without lawyers. As a JusticeCorps Fellow, Amanda served as a docent for people without lawyers by helping them find their way around the courthouse and providing them with procedural and navigational assistance. Amanda has observed first-hand the barriers to the justice system that people without lawyers face when they come to court on their own and her experiences have inspired her to dedicate her legal career to making our justice system more fair and efficient for everyone.

Amanda’s choice of volunteer opportunities during and after college further underscores her passion for public and community service. For example, when she was working full-time at Illinois JusticeCorps, Amanda completed the 40-hour domestic violence training and received certification through a local domestic violence agency, Safe Harbor. She was able to use her training to help domestic violence survivors file Orders of Protection. She also volunteered with the food pantry in Galesburg and as a Live Help operator with Illinois Legal Aid Online.

In the fall of 2016, Amanda began her studies at DePaul University College of Law. She selected DePaul because of the school’s comprehensive public service offerings, which support her deep commitment to public service and desire to dedicate her legal career to making the justice system work better for everyone, regardless of income.


Julie Holdener
University of Illinois College of Law


Mary Lou Villanueva
DePaul University College of Law


Natalie Maust
Northwestern University School of Law


Jarrett Adams
Loyola University Chicago School of Law


Amanda Walsh
Loyola University Chicago School of Law


Joseph Gietl
Loyola University School of Law


Elliot Slosar
DePaul University College of Law



Lilian Jimenez
DePaul University College of Law


Jennifer Grobelski
DePaul University College of Law

Angela Hernandez
DePaul University College of Law


Rose Rivera
DePaul University College of Law


Sarah Baum
DePaul University College of Law


Dennericka Brooks
Loyola University School of Law