2015 UNITY DINNER AND ALL-BAR SWEARING IN CEREMONY AND RECEPTION

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-Reed – Associate Judge, Circuit Court of Cook County
Hugo Chaviano – Director, Illinois Department of Labor
Hon. Robert E. Gordon – Justice, Illinois Appellate Court, First District
Sharon A. Hwang – Shareholder, McAndrews Held & Malloy, Ltd.
Mary Meg McCarthy – Executive Director, National Immigrant Justice Center
Sailesh K. Patel – Partner, Schiff Hardin LLP

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.

2015 Recipients

Han Cui – Jerold S. Solovy Diversity Scholarship Award
Ashley Kirkwood – Jerold S. Solovy Diversity Scholarship Award
Bianca C. Serrato – Jerold S. Solovy Diversity Scholarship Award
Everlyne Stephens – Jerold S. Solovy Diversity Scholarship Award
Jordannah Bangi – Public Interest Advocate Scholarship Award
Cierra Barnes – Public Interest Advocate Scholarship Award
Cindy Medina-Cervantes – Public Interest Advocate Scholarship Award

Marie Sarantakis – Public Interest Advocate Scholarship Award
Stephanie Snow – Public Interest Advocate Scholarship Award
Anavictoria Avila – Law Student with a Disability Scholarship Award
Jordan Hall – Elder Law Scholarship Award
Guadalupe Perez – Elder Law Scholarship Award
Debora Barbosa – Bar Exam Preparation Scholarship
Claudia Cisneros – Bar Exam Preparation Scholarship

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