2017 Unity Award Dinner & 15th Swearing-In of Bar Presidents Ceremony

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

November 29, 2017

Reception 5 p.m.
Dinner and Program 6 p.m.
Chicago Hilton, Grand Ballroom
720 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois

Unity Award Honorees:

Robert A. Clifford – Founder and Senior Partner, Clifford Law Offices
Hon. Abner J. Mikva, posthumous – Advocates for Diversity
Sonia Antolec – Director of Hiring, Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office
Avanti D. Bakane – Partner, Gordon & Rees Scully Mansukhani, LLP
Hon. Jacqueline P. Cox – Judge, Northern District of Illinois, United States Bankruptcy Court
Hon. Moshe Jacobius – Presiding Judge, Circuit Court of Cook County, Chancery Division
Tony Shu – Principal Attorney, Tony T. Shu & Associates

20 Scholarships were presented to law students from the following schools:

Chicago-Kent College of Law
DePaul University College of Law
The John Marshall Law School
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Northern Illinois University College of Law
Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
Notre Dame Law School
University of Illinois College of Law
University of Wisconsin Law School

2017 Recipients

Keyana Payne – LSAT Scholarship Award
Sarah Ahmed – Jerold S. Solovy Diversity Scholarship Award
Catherine Kim – Jerold S. Solovy Diversity Scholarship Award
Tushar Parashar – Jerold S. Solovy Diversity Scholarship Award
Somya Sastri – Jerold S. Solovy Diversity Scholarship Award
Arielle Williams – Jerold S. Solovy Diversity Scholarship Award
Sara Agate – Public Interest Advocate Scholarship Award
Cindy Gergis – Public Interest Advocate Scholarship Award
Bryanna Jenkins – Public Interest Advocate Scholarship Award
Maxted Lenz – Public Interest Advocate Scholarship Award

Andrea Ochoa – Public Interest Advocate Scholarship Award
Hinal Patel – Public Interest Advocate Scholarship Award
Erik Jenkins – Disabled Law Student Scholarship Award (DLSSA)
Andreia Ribas Precoma – Law Student with a Disability Scholarship Award
Veronica Canton Bar – Bar Exam Preparation Scholarship
Catharine Debelle – Bar Exam Preparation Scholarship
Thalia Pacheco – Bar Exam Preparation Scholarship
Faith Pledger – Bar Exam Preparation Scholarship
Andrea Ramirez-Gudino – Bar Exam Preparation Scholarship
Karen Villagomez – Bar Exam Preparation Scholarship

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