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Thomas P. Sullivan and William M. Hohengarten received the Albert E. Jenner Jr. Pro Bono Award this evening in simultaneous ceremonies at Jenner & Block’s Chicago and DC offices for both Partners’ extraordinary devotion to community service during 2003. Jenner & Block Pro Bono Committee Co-Chairs Barry Levenstam and David W. DeBruin introduced and presented the awards to Messrs. Sullivan and Hohengarten, respectively.
Thomas P. Sullivan earlier this year received the American Bar Association’s prestigious 2003 John Minor Wisdom Award and served, among other things, as the Co-Chair of the Governor’s Commission on Capital Punishment, whose report was widely considered to be an influencing factor in then-Governor George Ryan’s historic decision to grant clemency or pardon all of the individuals on Illinois’ Death Row.
William M. Hohengarten performed almost 500 hours of pro bono work on various projects this year and was one of the principal architects behind the effort to persuade the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down a Texas law that criminalized same-sex conduct as unconstitutional, ultimately resulting in the landmark decision of the Justices this year in Lawrence v. Texas.
In their acceptance remarks, both recipients articulated that they were proud to be members of a special law firm whose members “greatly value” pro bono representation and share a “commitment to serve” the poor, the community and the profession.
The Albert E. Jenner Jr. Pro Bono Award was inaugurated in 2002 to recognize persons who have provided exceptional legal services to the needy in the finest traditions of Jenner & Block and entitles the recipients to direct a total of $5,000 to the charity or charities of their choice.
In 2002 Associate Christopher M. O’Connor and Partner Richard P. Steinken received the first Albert E. Jenner Jr. Pro Bono Award for their pro bono representation of the defendant in People v. Tolliver in two month-long jury trials in 2001.