Past Events

2016 Unity Award Dinner & 14th Swearing-In of Bar Presidents Ceremony


Presented by the Diversity Scholarship Foundation, NFP
The John Marshall Law School

Held December 1, 2016

Unity Award Recipient:  Secretary of State, Jesse White

Advocates for Diversity:

Chasity Boyce, Diversity & Inclusion Projects Manager, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Hon. William J. Haddad (Ret.)
Tiffany Harper, Associate Counsel, Grant Thornton LLP
Cecilia Horan, Partner, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP
Hon. Jorge L. Ortiz, Chief Judge, Circuit Court of Lake County

Access to Justice Award:

Hon. Laura C. Liu (in memoriam)

Congratulations to our scholarship recipients!

Scholarship recipients

Many thanks to this years’ sponsors:

Diamond Sponsor – Exelon

Platinum Sponsor – Kirkland & Ellis

Gold Sponsors – McAndrews Held & Malloy, Ltd., Power Rogers & Smith, P.C.

Silver Sponsors – Ice Miller, The John Marshall Law School, Nixon Peabody

Bronze Sponsors:

  1.  Arnstein & Lehr
  2. Asian American Bar Association
  3. Bauch & Michaels
  4. Chicago Bar Association
  5. Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law
  6. DePaul University School of Law
  7. Drinker Biddle & Reath
  8. Garfield & Merel
  9. Gordon & Rees
  10. Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois
  11. Howard & Howard
  12. Illinois Association of Administrative Law Judges
  13. Illinois State Bar Association
  14. Inventus
  15. Jenner & Block
  16. Johnson & Bell
  17. Lake County Bar Association
  18. Laner Muchin
  19. Loyola University Chicago School of Law
  20. Monica Khetarpal & James Botana of Jackson Lewis
  21. Robbins, Salomon & Patt
  22. SmithAmundsen
  23. Southern Illinois University
  24. Taft Stettinius & Hollister
  25. Women’s Bar Foundation
  26. Women’s Criminal Defense Bar Association

To view a copy of the 2016 Unity Award Dinner Program click here

Thanks also, to the following bar associations and organizations for participating in this years’ event:

Advocates Society
Appellate Lawyers Association
Arab-American Bar Association
Asian American Bar Association – Chicago
Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Chicago Area Law Foundation
Asian American Action Fund of Greater Chicago
Association of Foreclosure Defense Attorneys
Black Women Lawyer’s Association of Chicago
Catholic Lawyers Guild of Chicago
Chicago Bar Association
Chinese American Bar Association
Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law
Cook County Bar Association
Decalogue Society of Lawyers
DuPage Association of Women Lawyers
Filipino American Lawyers Association of Chicago
Hellenic Bar Association of Illinois
Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois
Illinois Association of Administrative Law Judges
Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
Illinois Judges Association
Illinois Judges Foundation
Illinois Judicial Council
Illinois Real Estate Lawyers Association
Illinois State Bar Association
Jewish Judges Association of Illinois
Justinian Society of Lawyers
Lake County Bar Association
Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago
Northwest Suburban Bar Association
North Suburban Bar Association
Puerto Rican Bar Association of Illinois
South Asian American Bar Association of Chicago
Will County Bar Association
Women’s Bar Association of Illinois
Women’s Bar Association of Will County
Women’s Bar Foundation
Women’s Criminal Defense Bar Association
Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association


2015 All Bar Presidents Reception

October 28, 2015
Hosted by Kirkland & Ellis