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Jenner & Block Women Partners Recognized for Service to Community

A recent article featured in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin “Women in Law” special supplement recognized four Jenner & Block women partners – Debbie L. Berman, Gail H. Morse, Elizabeth Abbene Coleman and Molly Moran – for fully embracing their professional commitment to public service.

“It’s my belief that a main purpose in life is to make this world a better place to live,” said Ms. Berman in the article, who was honored for her service on the board of the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, which provides humanitarian aid to aid to millions of people world-wide.  As part of the JUF’s Operation Promise, Ms. Berman recently traveled to Ethiopia to help over 100 Jewish Ethiopians emigrate to Israel. 

The article noted that Ms. Berman, a sufferer of Crohn’s Disease, also serves on the Illinois Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation’s major gifts committee and co-chairs the Foundation’s Public Relations Subcommittee. 

A legal career that provides the special advocacy skills and connections needed to get things done also uniquely positions women attorneys to “give something back to the community and make it a better place for everyone to live in,” added Ms. Morse.  Ms. Morse was recognized in the special supplement for her service on the board of the Illinois Women’s Institute for Leadership and as vice chair of the Women’s Treatment Center board. 

The article also discussed Ms. Morse’s roles as a Commissioner for the Cook County Commission on Women’s Issues and a board member of Vital Bridges, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the health and independence of individuals affected by HIV and AIDS through a variety of nutrition, housing and prevention programs.

The article recognized Ms. Coleman for her service on the Women’s Board of Northwestern Memorial Hospital and as a member of the Neurosciences Advisory Council at Northwestern.   This summer, the article noted, Ms. Coleman helped raise $150,000 for Northwestern Memorial Hospital as co-chair of the institution’s annual “Boogie Ball” fundraising event. 

Ms. Coleman was also recognized for her work on the Latin School Parents Council and service as legal advisor to her daughter’s Park West Cooperative Nursery School. 

Ms. Moran was featured for her role in helping the Firm, its attorneys and staff to raise the funds needed to buy computers more than 30 classrooms at Fairfield Academy elementary school on Chicago’s far Southside.  “These are basic, but necessary learning tools that students in other parts of the Chicagoland region may take for granted,” Ms. Moran told the Law Bulletin. 

The article also noted Ms. Moran’s efforts to help coordinate the “Chicago 5K Lung Run” in Lincoln Park, which hopes to recruit nearly 1,500 participants for Women Against Lung Cancer and fund cancer research at Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Hospital. 

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