2018 Distinguished PILI Fellow Alumni Award: Reena Bajowala

“I have known Reena since she interned for us in 2003. While the work she did for us that summer was very different from the powerful pro bono litigation she handled later, her dedication to helping low income clients, her strength as a person and an attorney and her commitment to equal justice, were on display back then as they are now.”

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2018 Distinguished Public Service Award: Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan

“It is no exaggeration to say that Lisa Madigan has served as a lifeline for funding for civil legal aid in Illinois.”

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2017 Pro Bono Initiative Award: McDermott Will & Emery LLP

“Pro bono at McDermott represents to me a wide array of opportunities for incredible personal and professional growth and satisfaction. I have been extremely gratified and nourished by McDermott’s exemplary commitment to pro bono.”

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2017 Distinguished PILI Fellow Alumni Award: Brij B. Patnaik

“Through his pro bono work, Brij demonstrates the highest ideals of our profession – service, fairness and justice. As a Jenner & Block lawyer, he epitomizes our core values of commitment to pro bono work and community service. We are privileged to call him our colleague.”

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2017 Distinguished Intern Alumni Award: Susan L. DeCostanza

“Susan embodies what PILI preaches: A lifelong commitment to public service.”

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2016 Distinguished Intern Alumni Award: Emily L. Seymore

“Emily is part of the next generation of lawyers who are not just talking about problems with our courts, but who is working to bring about systemic reform.”

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2016 Distinguished PILI Fellow Alumni Award: Kristen E. Hudson

“Kristen has a heart of gold and the tenacity of a tiger. A true believer in pro bono, she clearly has a lifetime commitment to it.”

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2016 Distinguished Public Service Award: Harold C. Hirshman

“Harold Hirshman is that rare attorney – an extraordinary litigator who also has a deep compassion for the disenfranchised.”

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2015 Distinguished PILI Intern Alumni Award: Cynthia Cornelius

“Cynthia is making a significant contribution to developing a new generation of future lawyers who understand their responsibility to extend legal services to some of our most vulnerable members of society and to do so with a generous heart.”

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2015 Distinguished PILI Fellow Alumni Award: Jordan Heinz

“Jordan treats each pro bono client as special. He connects with his clients and does his very best for them. Jordan is, without a doubt, the kindest, most sincere, dedicated PILl Alumnus doing pro bono work today.”

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