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Chicago Tribune Features Pro Bono Client Aaron Holzmueller

Aaron, who has cerebral palsy, is a devoted student athlete, and the article traces his athletic career from childhood to college.  Part of his story includes a pioneering legal battle against the Illinois High School Association (IHSA), a case the firm took on, pro bono.   For years, the firm represented Aaron as he fought to compel the IHSA to institute a para-ambulatory division for the state track meet so that these athletes could have an opportunity to competein the season’s showcase event. In February 2018, a Seventh Circuit panel affirmed a lower court’s opinion in favor of the ISHA.  Aaron has since graduated from high school and now competes in track and cross-country at Beloit College in Wisconsin.  “I just wanted to try to get awareness out,” Aaron told the Chicago Tribune of his battle against the IHSA. “Even though I didn’t get the result I was hoping for, I wanted to let people know about runners like me. I definitely can see it changing one day.”  The firm team included Partners Louis E. Fogel, Devi M. Rao, Clifford W. Berlow, and Shaun M. Van Horn; Associates Abraham M. Salander, Lina R. Powell, Ren-How H. Harn, David B. Diesenhouse and James Dawson; and paralegal Daniel Garcia.

Click here to read more about Aaron’s case in The Heart of the Matter and here for a video.

Click here to read the Tribune article, titled “Evanston’s Aaron Holzmueller Hasn’t Let Cerebral Palsy Keep Him from Competing as a College Runner. And He Has His Eyes on a Future Paralympic Games.”

 

TAGS: Holzmueller, IHSA

PEOPLE: Shaun M. Van Horn, Abraham Michael Salander, Louis E. Fogel, Devi M. Rao, Clifford W. Berlow, Ren-How H. Harn, James Dawson, Lina R. Powell

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