The Diversity Leadership Award recognizes long standing, continuing and exceptional commitment by an individual or an organization to the critical importance of diversity within the Illinois legal community, its judiciary and within the Illinois State Bar Association.
2015 - Sonni C. Williams, Deputy Corporation Counsel for the city of Peoria
2014 - Annemarie Kill, Avery Camerlingo Kill, LLC
2013 - Stacy Campbell-Viamontes, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, Chicago
2012 - E. Lynn Grayson, Jenner & Block, Chicago
2011 - Award not given
2010 - Award not given
2009 - Hon. George N. Leighton, Retired Judge, U. S. District Court of Northern District of Illinois
The recipient shall have made significant contributions to the advancement of diversity within the Illinois legal community, its judiciary and/or the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA). The recipient may be a lawyer or non-lawyer or an organization of lawyers or a combination of both.
For purposes of this award, “diversity” shall be construed broadly to include race, gender, disability, sexual orientation or any other category of historically disadvantaged individuals.
Consideration will be given to efforts to raise awareness of the importance of diversity to the legal profession; development of or participation in any innovative or meaningful initiatives or programs related to improving diversity within the legal profession; demonstrated commitment to diversity beyond the ISBA; or, exceptional support in advancing a particular diverse affinity group’s interests within the Illinois legal profession.
To nominate a person or organization for this award, please attach a letter or other supporting documentation that includes the following information:
If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Burkholder at MBurkholder@isba.org.
Nominations are closed for 2016.