2015 Unity Award Dinner


The Unity Award Dinner, is now in its thirteenth year, was held at the Chicago Hilton’s Grand Ballroom on Tuesday, December 1, 2015.  The dinner included an awards presentation which recognized the tireless efforts of individuals who have made significant contributions to the legal community and who have embraced diversity within the legal profession.  The Foundation also awarded 15 scholarships to law students from across the state of Illinois who have represented their dedication to diversity in the legal profession.

Unity Award Recipient

Hon. Charles E. Freeman, Justice, Illinois Supreme Court

Advocates for Diversity

Hon. Patrice Ball-ReedHon. Patrice Ball-Reed, Associate Judge, Circuit Court of Cook County


Hugo ChavianoHugo Chaviano, Director, Illinois Department of Labor


Justice Robert E. GordonHon. Robert E. Gordon, Justice, Illinois Appellate Court, First District


Sharon A. HwangSharon A. Hwang, Shareholder, McAndrews Held & Malloy, Ltd.


Mary Meg McCarthyMary Meg McCarthy, Executive Director, National Immigrant Justice Center


Sailesh K. PatelSailesh K. Patel, Partner, Schiff Hardin LLP


2015 Scholarship Recipients

2015 Scholarship Recipients

Jerold S. Solovy Diversity Scholarship

DSC_4342Han Cui – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Law


Ashley Kirkwood – Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law


Bianca C. Serrato – Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law


Everlyne Stephens – The John Marshall Law School


Public Interest Advocate Scholarship

Jordannah Bangi – The John Marshall Law School


Cierra Barnes – Southern Illinois University School of Law


Cindy Medina-Cervantes – DePaul University College of Law


Marie Sarantakis – The John Marshall Law School


Stephanie Snow – The John Marshall Law School


Disabled Law Student Scholarship

Anavictoria Avila – Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law


Elder Law Scholarship

Jordan Hall – Loyola University Chicago School of Law


Guadalupe Perez – DePaul University College of Law


Bar Exam Preparation Scholarship

Debora Barbosa – IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law


Claudia Cisneros – Northern Illinois University College of Law


Judicial Intern Opportunity Program Scholarship

In addition to these scholarships, the DSF also awarded a scholarship to the American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (JIOP).  The mission of JIOP is to provide opportunities to students who are members of racial and ethnic groups that are traditionally underrepresented in the profession.  The program also provides opportunities to students with disabilities, students who are economically disadvantaged, and students who identify themselves as LGBT.

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