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Jenner & Block Partner Joseph G. Bisceglia has been selected to receive the Humanitarian Award of the Italian American Chamber of Commerce-Midwest (IACC). Mr. Bisceglia is receiving this award for his “outstanding charitable work with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, his long-standing support of and involvement in the Jenner & Block’s pro bono program, and his work for humanitarian causes as President of the Illinois State Bar Association."
For the past century, the IACC has been recognizing the accomplishments of influential business men and women. Mr. Bisceglia has an extensive record of charitable service to the greater community. Since 1995, he has spent thousands of hours and other resources in support of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, the world leader in the treatment and research of childhood cancer, as a committee member of the hospital's annual "4 Stars of Chicago" fundraiser. He has served as co-chair of the event since 2006. During his service on the committee, the event has raised more than $5.4 million for the hospital.
As part of his service to the bar, Mr. Bisceglia has been a consistent advocate for human rights and the rights of minorities and the underprivileged. As President of the Illinois State Bar Association, he instituted initiatives designed to increase diversity in the legal profession, including through civic education and educational pipeline programs, and succeeded in obtaining bar association support for resolutions on such issues as civil unions and death penalty reform.
Mr. Bisceglia will receive the award at the IACC’s 103rd Annual Gala and Awards Dinner being held on Saturday, September 18, 2010.