ACS Chicago: 2023 Legal Legends Luncheon

Join the ACS Chicago Lawyer Chapter for its annual Legal Legends Luncheon. The program will feature keynote remarks from Colleen Connell, Executive Director of the ACLU of Illinois, and will also feature Zinelle October and Geoffrey R. Stone. We are thrilled to announce the 2023 Abner J. Mikva and Ruth Goldman Honorees!

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September 12, 2023
12:00PM – 1:30PM CDT
Union League Club
65 W Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60604

2023 Abner J. Mikva Awardees:

Patricia Brown HolmesPatricia Brown Holmes
Managing Partner,
Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP
Thomas GeogheganThomas Geoghegan
Despres, Schwartz & Geoghegan, Ltd.
Robert GrahamRobert Graham
Of Counsel,
Jenner & Block LLP
Tina TchenTina Tchen
Executive Vice President, Strategy & Impact,
Obama Foundation
Brian S. WallachBrian S. Wallach
Founder, I AM ALS;
Associate, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

2023 Ruth Goldman Awardees:

Karyn Bass EhlerKaryn Bass Ehler
Assistant Chief Deputy Attorney General,
Illinois Attorney General’s Office
Ameri KlafetaAmeri Klafeta
Director, Women’s and Reproductive Rights,
ACLU of Illinois

Keynote Speaker:

Colleen ConnellColleen Connell
Executive Director,
ACLU of Illinois


Geoffrey R. Stone Geoffrey R. Stone
Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor of Law,
The University of Chicago
Zinelle OctoberZinelle October
Executive Vice President,
American Constitution Society


Jenner & Block LLP


Jenner & Block LLP Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd.


Sidley Austin LLP The Prinz Law Firm Saul Ewing

Linda Coberly


Massey & Gail LLP Faegre-Drinker

Juan R. Thomas

Mayer Brown LLP


Daniel A. Cotter

Rebecca Sundin

Margaret Battersby Black