2012 Chicago Legal Legends Luncheon

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Union League Club of Chicago
65 West Jackson Boulevard
Chicago, IL

On July 11, 2012, the Chicago Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society hosted the:


2012 Chicago Legal Legends Luncheon


With a keynote address by:



Walter Dellinger
Partner, O'Melveny & Myers LLP
Former Acting United States Solicitor General


The recipients of the 2012 Legal Legends Award were

  • Carol Brook, Executive Director, Federal Defender Program for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Scott R. Lassar, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP
  • Geoffrey R. Stone, Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor, University of Chicago Law School; Member, ACS National Board of Directors
  • The Honorable Mary Jane Theis, Justice, Illinois Supreme Court


The recipient of the 2012 Ruth Goldman Award was

  • Camilla Taylor, Marriage Project Director, Lambda Legal


The American Constitution Society thanks Legal Legends Luncheon sponsors: Frank Cicero, Cohen Law Group, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, Eimer Stahl LLP, Epiq Systems, Robert A. Helman, Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym Ltd., Huntington National Bank, Jenner & Block LLP, Latham & Watkins LLP, Levin & Perconti, Mayer Brown, Rust Consulting/Kinsella Media, Sidley Austin LLP, and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates.

More than three hundred attendees packed Union League Club of Chicago for the Seventh Legal Legends Luncheon hosted by the Chicago Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society.  The Honorable Peter Flynn of the Circuit Court of Cook County served as the program's emcee.  Lambda Legal's Camilla Taylor became the fifth recipient of the Ruth Goldman Award, which honors a woman in the Chicago legal community who has made significant contributions to advance the status of women in the legal profession and the goals of the American Constitution Society.  Carol Brook of the Federal Defender Program, Scott Lassar of Sidley Austin LLP, Geoffrey Stone of the University of Chicago Law School, and the Honorable Mary Jane Theis of the Illinois Supreme Court were minted as Legal Legends.  They join a distinguished list of previous honorees that include former Illinois Comptroller Dawn Clark Netsch, former Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission Newton N. Minow, and current Cook County Board President Toni R. Preckwinkle.  Former Acting U.S. Solicitor General, and current partner at O'Melveny & Myers LLP, Walter Dellinger gave a rousing keynote speech in which he addressed many of the seminal cases from the recently concluded Supreme Court term.

Legal Legends and Ruth Goldman Awardees (from left): Geoffrey Stone, Scott Lassar, Camilla Taylor, Carol Brook and the Honorable Mary Jane Theis


(From left) Former Ruth Goldman awardee Fay Clayton, Camilla Taylor, Fran Goldman, the Honorable Peter Flynn