Public Interest Law Initiative

Past Annual Award Recepients

Each year, PILI presents several annual awards to recipients that embody the ideals of its mission. Nominations for these awards are open each year in July.

Distinguished Public Service Award Recipients

The Distinguished Public Service Award honors an individual whose commitment to public interest work has shaped a career dedicated to service.

Harold C. Hirshman (2016) • Chief Justice Rita B. Garman (2015) • Diana C. White (2014) • Ann Hilton Fisher (2013) • Harvey Grossman (2012) • Honorable Thomas L. Kilbride (2011) • Johnathan K. Baum (2010) • Thomas F. Geraghty (2009) • Honorable Mary Ann G. McMorrow (2008) • Edward Grossman (2007) • Randolph N. Stone (2006) • Howard A. Learner (2005) • Wallace C. Winter (2004) • Honorable Abner J. Mikva (2003) • Eleanor P. Petersen (2002) • Leon Despres (2001) • Rita Aliese Fry (2000) • Aurie A. Pennick (1999) • John E. Clay (1998) • John S. Elson (1997) • Lawrence C. Marshall, Thomas M. Breen, Matthew F. Kennelly, and Nan R. Nolan (1996) • Diane C. Geraghty (1995) • Douglass W. Cassel, Jr (1994) • M. Lee Witte (1993) Sheldon H. Roodman (1992) • Alex Elson (1991) • Ruth Ann Schmitt (1990) • George W. Overton (1989) • Edwin A. Rothschild (1988) • Alexander Polikoff (1987) • Walter T. Fisher (1986) • Kenneth F. Montgomery (1985)

Pro Bono Initiative Award Recipients

The Pro Bono Initiative Award acknowledges a single entity for its significant pro bono work in the community.

Pro Bono Network (2016) • United Airlines (2015) • Dentons US LLP (2014) • DLA Piper (US) LLP (2013) • Deere & Company (2012) • Mayer Brown LLP (2011) • Accenture Legal Group (2010) • Kirkland & Ellis LLP (2009) • Caterpillar, Inc. (2008) • JPMorgan Chase & Co. (2007) • Jenner & Block LLP (2006) • Winston & Strawn LLP (2005) • Exelon (2004) • Baker & McKenzie LLP (2003) • Sears, Roebuck and Co. (2002) • Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione (2001) • McDonald’s Corporation (2000) • Thomas H. Morsch (1999)

Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

The Distinguished Alumni Awards recognize one former PILI Intern and one former PILI Fellow for outstanding contributions of public interest and/or pro bono work.

Kristen E. Hudson & Emily L. Seymore (2016) • Cynthia Cornelius & Jordan Heinz (2015) • Matthew T. Jenkins & Andrew W. Vail (2014) • Max Stein & Marjie Nielsen (2013) • Judge Edmond E. Chang & Amy Zimmerman (2012) • Kathleen K. Clark & Justin Lee Heather (2011) • Laurie I. Mikva & Jay S. Readey (2010) • Jesus Perez & Elizabeth Gibbons Lewis (2009) • Charles Perez Golbert & Laurie A. Wardell (2008) • Joseph Margulies & LaShonda Hunt (2007) • Eric J. Gorman & Jean Choi (2006) • Jody R. Adler & Douglas A. Graham (2005) • Tejal Vakharia & Sarah Vanderwicken (2004) • Paul J. Gaynor & Anita Weinberg (2003) • 25 Years of PILI Interns & Fellows (2002) • Siobhan Albiol & Kendy M. Hess (2001) • Richard F. Klawiter & Jean Maclean Snyder (2000) • Michael A. Parks & Susan Wishnick (1999) • Daniel J. Hurtado & Mary Wilkening (1998) • Scott G. Golinkin & Rosemary Shiels (1997) • Daniel W. Sherman & Maria Woltjen (1996) • Lorie Chaiten & Ellen Holden Clark (1995) • Karen Reardon & Janet Wukas Ahern (1994) • Robert L. Jones, Jr., Roy A. Petty, Elizabeth Shuman-Moore & James D. Wascher (1993) • Cheryl M. Graves, John R. Hammell, Marjorie Press Lindblom & Christina M. Tchen (1992)

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