Blog: Awards

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Elizabeth "Lizzie" Rosenthal

This year’s recipient of the Barbara Grau Outstanding Housing Advocate Award is Elizabeth "Lizzie" Rosenthal.

Exelon Outstanding Corporate Counsel Award

Claire Battle, ArcelorMittal USA
LCBH Executive Director Cheryl Lawrence (left) with Board Member Claire Battle

The Chicago Bar Foundation presented LCBH board member, Claire Battle, with the Exelon Outstanding Corporate Counsel Award at their 17th Annual Pro Bono and Public Service Awards Luncheon July 14, 2015.

While a busy and successful in-house attorney at ArcelorMittal USA, spouse and parent, Claire Battle continues to make pro bono a priority in her career. Her commitment to Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing (LCBH) dates back to her undergraduate years at Northwestern University volunteering as an intern in the late 1990s. After law school, Claire was a volunteer attorney and has been an LCBH board member for 14 years. Lending a variety of talents, Claire has been involved with various LCBH committees and made contributions in whatever capacity she is needed. Her lasting contributions include co-founding and LCBH’s Hearts for Housing fundraiser, which has grown from an informal gathering to a flagship event attended by hundreds of attorneys and sponsored by the city’s biggest firms as well as co-founding LCBH’s Young Professionals Board. In addition to all of her contributions to LCBH her work proliferates as she encourages and helps her fellow in-house counsel find meaningful pro bono work in her position as Co-chair of the Pro Bono Committee of the Chicago Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel.

From left: D'Angelo Boyland, Adelaide Meyers, Mary Tarullo, Mark Swartz, LCBH Legal Director, and Cheryl Lawrence, LCBH Executive Director.

ONE Northside
We honor ONE Northside with the Barbara Grau Housing Advocate award for its tremendous contributions in the area of affordable and accessible housing.

From left: Todd Maynes, LCBH Board President, Victoria Ogunsanya, LCBH Staff Attorney, Elce Redmond, and Cheryl Lawrence, LCBH Executive Director.

Elce Redmond
We honor Elce Redmond with the Community Organizer of the Year award for his vital work in community organizing campaigns to enact or change policies.

2014 Friend of LCBH Award

From left: Samira Nazem, LCBH Pro Bono Coordinator, Katrice Hall, Cheryl Lawrence, LCBH Executive Director, Taylor Hammond, Director, Justice Entrepreneurs Project, John Norkus, and Joanna Long.

Justice Entrepreneurs Project (JEP)
The Friend of LCBH Award recognizes a corporation, law firm or organization that has contributed consistently and meaningfully to the Lawyers' Committee for Better Housing.

2014 Intern of the Year Award

Jordan Carey, Guadalupe Angulo and Blake Wilkinson

Jordan Carey, Guadalupe Angulo and Blake Wilkinson
The Intern of the Year Award honors interns who have spent time at LCBH learning about the work we do and going above and beyond the call of duty.

2014 Law Firm Of The Year Award

From left: Todd Maynes, LCBH Board President, Samira Nazem, LCBH Pro Bono Coordinator, Morgan Hirst, Jones Day and Cheryl Lawrence, LCBH Executive Director

Jones Day
The Law Firm of the Year Award is presented when a firm's pro bono contributions to LCBH or its mission makes a significant impact well into the future.

From left: Samira Nazem, LCBH Pro Bono Coordinator, Todd Maynes, LCBH Board President, Catie Cottle, Christine Payne, Cheryl Lawrence, LCBH Executive Director, and Jim Medek.

Catie Cottle, Jim Medek and Christine Payne from Kirkland & Ellis LLP
LCBH recognizes these volunteers for dedicating their time and energy to LCBH over the past year. These individuals choose to come to LCBH to learn and make a difference in the lives of others.

Special Service Award

Eunice Lee
Eunice Lee with Executive Director Cheryl Lawrence

Eunice Lee has been a dedicated LCBH volunteer for over two years. She first came to LCBH to gain litigation experience and has since dedicated nearly 900 hours of her time to helping renters through serious housing problems. She hopes to take the litigation skills she has developed at LCBH and branch out into other areas of law. She works part-time as a pharmacist and would like to explore the intersection of health care and law in the future. We would like to thank Eunice for her hard work and ongoing commitment to LCBH!

From left: Cheryl Lawrence, LCBH Executive Director; Anthony G. Hopp, LCBH Board President; Brendan Sauders; Mark Swartz, LCBH Legal Director; Kathy Clark, Former LCBH Executive Director

Brendan Saunders, Director of Advocacy and Community Organizing at Open Communities
We honor Brendan with the Barbara Grau Housing Advocate award for his tremendous contributions in the area of affordable and accessible housing.