This Year’s Unity Gala

2020 Unity Award Gala & 18th Swearing-In of Bar Presidents Ceremony
Presented by the Diversity Scholarship Foundation, NFP

Date: December 8th, 2020
Location:  Virtually via REMO

5 p.m. Networking Reception
6 p.m. Dinner & Program

Unity Award

Hon. Thomas L. Kilbride, Justice, Illinois Supreme Court

Hon. Laura Liu Access to Justice Award

Hon. Anne M. Burke, Chief Justice, Illinois Supreme Court

Advocates for Diversity

Pamela Sakowicz Menaker, Communications Partner, Clifford Law Offices
Alejandro Menchaca, Shareholder, McAndrews Held & Malloy, Ltd.
Hon. Lewis Nixon, Supervising Judge, Circuit Court of Cook County
Jill Rose Quinn, Judge Elect
Hon. Rouhy Shalabi, Circuit Judge, Circuit Court of Cook County
Abigail Sue, Secretary, Diversity Scholarship Foundation, NFP

Individual Tickets: $150
Bronze Sponsorship: $1,500

To purchase tickets or sponsorships online, click here.
For more information, including advertisement opportunities and sponsorships please read our 2020 Unity Dinner Brochure.

Sponsor Opportunities

SPONSOR BENEFITS Diamond Platinum Gold Silver Bronze
  $15,000.00 $10,000.00 $5,000.00 $3,000.00 $1500.00
Naming rights to student scholarships 3 2 1
Naming rights to Cocktail reception
Naming rights to Bar President’s Ceremony
Naming rights to a table at virtual event
Prominent display of the Sponsor’s logo or name on the event’s advertisements
Prominent display of Logo on the DSF website
Logo on all digital promotional materials
Logo displayed during virtual gala
Logo on the welcome boards
Virtual Event Attendee registrations 30 20 10 10 10
Full page advertisement in virtual program
Half page advertisement in virtual program
Quarter page advertisement in virtual program

***All sponsors will be named and recognized at all future DSF events for the bar year.

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Promoting Diversity in the Legal Community

One of the premier fundraising events of the Foundation is the annual Unity Award Dinner, which is now in its eighteenth year. The event was initially hosted in partnership with The John Marshall Law School. The gala includes an awards presentation that recognizes the tireless efforts of individuals who have made significant contributions to the legal community and the community at large, including embracing diversity and the ideals diversity represents.
The highlight of the evening, however, is the awarding of a variety of scholarships to diverse and deserving law students from across our state. In 2019, the Foundation awarded 14 individual scholarships.

In addition, over 50 bar associations were represented in the annual Oath of Diversity and Swearing-In of Bar Presidents by circuit court of Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans.