About the ISBA

ISBA Academy of Illinois Lawyers and the Laureate Award

The Academy of Illinois Lawyers was founded in 1999. Its purpose is to enhance the honor and dignity of the bar of Illinois by recognizing lawyers who personify the greatness of the legal profession.

The Academy honors lawyers who have established and maintained the highest principles of the profession as demonstrated by their pervasive record of service to the law and the public. And not least, by their example, they are beacons to others who seek to uphold the highest standards in the practice of law.

The Laureate Award, the supreme honor bestowed by the Academy, is awarded to those deemed to exemplify the highest ideals of the profession.

Find out how to nominate a lawyer for the Laureate Award.

Past Recipients of the Laureate Award

Board of Regents

  • John G. O'Brien, Arlington Hts, Chancellor
  • Robert E. Craghead, Springfield, Secretary
  • Irene F. Bahr, Wheaton
  • Mary Ann Hatch, Belleville
  • Shawn S. Kasserman, Chicago
  • Hon. Mary W. McDade, Peoria
  • Mark D. Hassakis, Mt Vernon, Ex-Officio, Illinois State Bar Association