New Date for Unity Gala


2021 Unity Award Gala & 19th Swearing-In of Bar Presidents Ceremony
Presented by the Diversity Scholarship Foundation, NFP

NEW Date: Tuesday, November 30, 2021
Location:  Virtually via REMO

5 p.m. Cocktail and Networking Reception
6 p.m. Program


Unity Award

Emanuel “Chris” Welch, Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives


Hon. Laura Liu Access to Justice Award

Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz, State Representative of the 17th District


Advocates for Diversity

Erica N. Byrd, Senior Attorney, Valentine Austriaco & Bueschel
Hon. Megan Goldish, Judge, Circuit Court of Cook County
Antonio M. Romanucci, Founding Partner, Romanucci Blandin Law
Jennifer L. Rosato-Perea, Dean and Professor of Law, DePaul College of Law
Marvet Sweis Drnovsek, Founder, MSD Injury Lawyers
Adam M. Zebelian, Associate, Schiller DuCanto & Fleck

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 2021 Unity Virtual Gala Brochure

Sponsor Opportunities

SPONSOR BENEFITS Diamond Platinum Gold Silver Bronze
  $15,000.00 $10,000.00 $5,000.00 $3,000.00 $1500.00
Registration for attendees to the virtual event 30 20 10 10 10
Naming rights to student scholarships 3 2 1
Cocktail reception naming rights        
Bar President ceremony naming rights        
Naming rights for a table at virtual event
Prominent display of the Sponsor’s logo or name on the event’s advertisements
Logo on the event website linked to company website
Logo on all digital promotional materials
Logo displayed during virtual gala
Advertisement in the program Full page Full page 1/2 Page 1/2 Page 1/4 Page
Reserved seats and preferential seating* 10 10 10 10 10
Logo on the DSF website indicating the sponsor is a past supporter

***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.


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