March 22, 2006

The Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice will honor Jenner & Block Partner Robert L. Graham for his commitment to social justice at its “Bridging the Gap” gala on March 29.

Mr. Graham has served on the Fund's Board of Directors for many years, helping to guide the organization in its mission to identify social justice and government effectiveness issues. For example, the Fund's Criminal Justice Project seeks to facilitate the fair administration of justice by examining judicial performance and problems in providing effective counsel to the accused in felony trial courtrooms.  The Fund has also spearheaded community projects that seek to reform child support systems, immigration courts and judicial elections.

Mr. Graham has been committed to community service and protecting civil rights throughout his career.  He is a former president of the Chicago Council of Lawyers, which is often a partner on Chicago Appleseed Fund Projects.  He serves as a member of the American Bar Association's Commission on the Renaissance of Idealism in the Legal Profession, a recent initiative by the ABA co-chaired by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Ted Sorenson, which is dedicated to renewing pro bono and public service commitment in the legal profession.  In addition, Mr. Graham is a Board member of Northwestern University's Center on Wrongful Convictions, which seeks to identify and rectify wrongful convictions involving the death penalty and other crimes.

Also honored at the “Bridging the Gap” gala will be Stephen Gates, Senior Vice President Legal and General Counsel of ConocoPhillips Co.

Partner Daniel R. Murray is serving as co-chair of the gala.  Jenner & Block is also a sponsor of the event.

The gala will be held at the InterContinental Chicago Hotel.  For questions about this event or to purchase tickets, please contact Amanda Grant, Development Director of the Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice, at (312) 988-6599 or by email at