The Northern District of Illinois and Chicago’s Federal Bar Association chapter are hosting their Ninth Annual Awards for Excellence in Pro Bono and Public Interest Service awards program this Tuesday, May 13 beginning at 3:30 pm in the James Benton Parsons Memorial Courtroom (2525) of the Dirksen United States Courthouse at 219 South Dearborn Street. The program is open to everyone and is free of charge.

The keynote speaker will be William Neukom, the President of the ABA and partner in K&L Gates.  Prior to his private practice, Neukom was executive vice president of Law and Corporate Affairs for

Microsoft, where he managed Microsoft’s legal, government affairs and philanthropic


Seven “Awards for Excellence in Pro Bono and Public Interest Service” and one “Special

Recognition Award for Public Interest Service” will be presented to the following Chicago-area lawyers for their pro bono and public interest work before the Northern District:

  • Sara C. Arroyo and Rosa M. Tumialán, of Dykema Gossett PLLC (presented by the Judge Coar);
  • Anthony J. Masciopinto, of Kulwin, Masciopinto & Kulwin, LLP (presented by Judge Manning);
  • Myron Mackoff, of Richardson & Mackoff (presented by the Chief Judge Holderman and Magistrate Judge Valdez);
  • Joshua D. Lee and Amy M. Rubenstein, of Schiff Hardin LLP (presented by the

    Judge Brown);

  • Catherine Caporusso and Margot Klein, of the Federal District Court’s Self-Help Assistance Program (presented by Judge Hibbler);
  • David A. Gordon, Michael B. Nadler, and Kristen R. Seeger, of Sidley Austin LLP (presented

    by Magistrate Judge Schenkier);

  • Lisa R. Kane, of Lisa Kane & Associates, PC (presented by Chief Judge Holderman); and
  • Richard J. Gonzales, Clinical Professor of Law, Chicago-Kent (presented by Chief Judge Holderman).