Jenner & Block Partner Gabriel A. Fuentes was named the recipient of the Chicago Bar Foundation’s (CBF) 2015 Edward J. Lewis II Pro Bono Service Award. Mr. Fuentes is the first Jenner & Block lawyer to win this award, which recognizes “deep commitment to the fundamental principles of equal protection and equal justice in the community through outstanding pro bono service.”
The award was created in 1999 in memory of late Jenner & Block partner Edward Lewis, who was passionate about pro bono causes and public service.
Specifically, the award is based on a lawyer’s work on significant pro bono matters; the length and breadth of his or her pro bono commitment and experience; success in involving and inspiring other lawyers to do pro bono work; and other significant accomplishments that have improved access to justice for Chicago-area residents affected by poverty, abuse or discrimination.
In a letter informing the firm about Mr. Fuentes’ selection, the CBF’s Director of Pro Bono & Court Advocacy wrote,“The nomination … was a really wonderful statement about Gabe and his work, and the [award selection] committee members were genuinely moved by the stories about his dedication.”
In his 17 years with Jenner & Block, Mr. Fuentes has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to pro bono service, not only through direct representation of clients but also through his leadership as Chicago chair of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee for four years and his active participation in organizations dedicated to improving access to justice for the disadvantaged. He exemplifies the Jenner & Block values and traditions of performing pro bono work and serving our communities.
Mr. Fuentes will be presented with the award at the CBF’s 17th Annual Pro Bono and Public Service Awards Luncheon on July 14, 2015, at the Fairmont Hotel in Chicago.