June 26, 2009

On June 19 at the Cook County Bar Association’s 95th Annual Awards and Installation Affair, Jenner & Block received the 2009 Presidential Award in recognition of its pro bono representation of the Chicago Urban League. The Presidential Award is given to individuals and organizations that have made an outstanding contribution to the Cook County Bar Association during the past year.

The Firm’s team, led by Partner Lisa T. Scruggs, is serving as pro bono counsel for the Chicago Urban League in its lawsuit that challenges the State’s method for raising and distributing education funds to local school districts and the Illinois State Board of Education’s implementation of the system. The Urban League asserts that the State’s public school funding scheme disparately impacts racial and ethnic minority students who attend Majority-Minority Districts. In addition to Ms. Scruggs, Partners David J. Bradford, Robert L. Graham, Gail H. Morse, Associates Herbert C. Brown, Brian L. Dougherty, Grace S. Ho, Stephanie Jean-Jacques, Shannon J. Jones, Kyle A. Palazzolo, Sandi J. Toll, and Shyni R. Varghese and paralegal Jessica Merkouris are part of the Firm’s team working this matter. Of Counsel Benjamin K. Miller has also made valuable contributions to the case.

The 95th Annual Awards & Installation Banquet also celebrated the installation of Marian E. Perkins as President of the Cook County Bar Association, recognized the service of outgoing bar association President Zeophus Williams and applauded the work of several bar association members and friends of the legal community, including Jenner & Block. Cheryle R. Jackson, President and CEO of The Chicago Urban League, served as keynote speaker.

The Cook County Bar Association is the oldest association of African American lawyers and judges in the United States. An affiliate of the National Bar Association, the CCBA is committed to the fair administration of justice and equal protection under the law in the United States and abroad.