Jenner & Block’s former managing partner Susan C. Levy was honored by the Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services (LAS) at its 2016 award luncheon on October 26. Ms. Levy, now executive vice president and general counsel at Northern Trust, was presented with the LAS William H. Avery Award for Equal Access to Justice for her contributions to pro bono and community service. Firm Chairman Anton R. Valukas interviewed Ms. Levy during the program segment of the luncheon, asking her questions about her tenure as Jenner & Block’s first woman managing partner and about her commitment to giving back. Ms. Levy noted that the firm’s emphasis on pro bono was one of the features that attracted her when she was deciding where to practice after graduating from Harvard Law School. “We used to call it ‘the Jenner tax,’” she recalled, explaining that some of everyone’s salary supports the firm’s pro bono work. The award event was attended by 325 members of Chicago’s legal community and raised more than $365,000 for the Legal Aid Society.
Jenner & Block’s Litigation Department Chair Craig C. Martin was a member of the event’s Host Committee. Partner William D. Heinz recently completed 30 years as a member of Metropolitan Family Services Board of Directors and the LAS Advisory Board. Partner Amanda S. Amert is now serving as an LAS board member, and Partner John R. Storino is a new member of the Metropolitan Family Services Board of Directors. An article about the award event appeared in the October 31 issue of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.
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