CBA Sept.-Oct. 2020


2019-2020 Young Lawyers Section Honors

The following Young Lawyers Section members were honored for their outstanding service to the Section at its June Annual Meeting:

Kinnaird in 2006 with 1971-72 YLS Chair David C. Hilliard and 1982-83 YLS Chair Bruno W. Tabis, Jr.

David C. Hilliard Award For Outstanding Committee Service

division where Judge Kinnaird began her judicial career. Personal andProfessional Dedication Before retiring, Judge Kinnaird humbly told the Daily Law Bulletin that “I know that there’s a whole bunch of things out there that I want to change in the world. I just have to figure out how to go about doing it.” Judge Kinnaird went on to do just that. In 2012, the Circuit Court of Cook County launched the Foreclosure Mediation program. Created in response to the economic crisis and a large number of mortgage foreclosures, the program was designed to deliver critical services and information to litigants, helping themmake informed decisions and decide whether to leave their homes. When the program ended in 2017, more than 7,200 homes and families had been saved from foreclosure. Chief Judge Evans noted that

the program would not have been possible without Judge Kinnaird. Judge Kinnaird changed our commu- nity through her radical kindness, her love, and her dedication in both her personal and professional life. She inspired many to become leaders and get involved in the YLS and CBA. Above all, she instilled the importance of family to everyone she met. Judge Kinnaird has inspired many to become leaders in the YLS and CBA, judges in the Circuit Court of Cook County, loving mothers and fathers, and mentors. By putting family first, Judge Kinnaird showed that everything else would follow, for the better.

Intellectual Property Law Kenneth Matuszewski Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg

Ashley Rovner Watson Amin Talati Wasserman, LLP Benjamin Lockyer Illinois Attorney General’s Office Milton H. Gray Award For Outstanding Project Leadership Martin Gould Romanucci & Blandin

Rising Star Award For Leaders with Exceptional Promise

Aleksandra Petrovic Damisch & Damisch

Impact Award for Leader with Substantial Impact on the Section Kenneth Matuszewski

Kenneth Matuszewski is an Associate Coun- sel at Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP and the Young Lawyers Section’s Public Services Manager.

Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg

YOUNG LAWYERS SECTION’S LAW AND DEBATE CLUB LAUNCHES SEPTEMBER 23 The CBA Law & Debate Club sponsors lectures and activities for young men and women from Chicago-area (and suburban) high schools between the ages of 14 and 20 who are interested in careers in law and government.The Club’s programming is coordinated by volunteer attorneys whomeet with students every other Wednesday evening from September through April and facilitate role plays concerning legal and ethical questions. The programming features guest speakers from all facets of the legal profession and aims to help students improve important life skills, including public speaking, negotiation, debate and advocacy skills. There is no cost to participate. Know a high school student in the area? Invite them to participate. Details can be found at www.chicagobar. org/chicagobar/ylslawclub or call 312-554-2031.


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