News
October 29, 2002

Retired Jenner & Block Partner Joan M. Hall will be one of several recipients of this year’s “Women With Vision” awards presented by the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois to those who have demonstrated visionary approaches in their careers and have especially contributed to the empowerment of women. The coveted award will be presented to Ms. Hall at the association’s 61st Annual Joint Professional Dinner to be held the evening of Nov. 7 at the Union League Club in downtown Chicago.

“I admire Joan not only for her extraordinary career, but for her continuous efforts to nurture, help, push and support the advancement of women and women lawyers,” said Jenner & Block Chairman Jerold S. Solovy.

Ms. Hall is known throughout the Chicago legal community as a consummate courtroom advocate and was once characterized by the American Lawyer Magazine as a “heavy hitter.” Among her professional successes, Ms. Hall was the first woman to chair the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association. She was also the first woman to appointed to Jenner & Block’s Executive Committee. And she was the first woman elected as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers in Illinois.

During her 34-year career as a trial lawyer, Ms. Hall also worked tirelessly to advance the progress of women. As Chair of Jenner & Block’s Hiring Committee in 1974, for instance, more than half of that year’s hires were women. Today, Ms. Hall continues to be supportive of and a role model for women and girls by working to help low-income, inner-city young women get an education, mainly as founder and President of the Board of Directors of the Young Women’s Leadership Charter School of Chicago, the only all-girls’ public school in the city.