2015 Honorees

 

Ashlee Highland '00

Hon. Abraham Lincoln Marovitz '25 Public Interest Award

Ashlee Highland '00For more than a decade since graduating from Chicago-Kent, Ashlee Highland ‘00 has devoted herself to helping people in crisis using resources from the legal community and social services. Prior to joining the Coordinated Advice and Referral Program for Legal Services, Ashlee worked with the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago, where she represented clients in a variety of civil cases and gained experience handling consumer law cases. In 2006, Ashlee became a supervising attorney at CARPLS, where she is in charge of all content on consumer law matters. Ashlee also supervises the CARPLS Consumer Collection Advice Desk in the Daley Center, where she counsels large numbers of pro se debtors and oversees law students, staff and volunteers.

Before going to law school, Ashlee served as a Peace Corp volunteer in Botswana. While at Chicago-Kent, she nurtured her passion for providing legal services to low-income clients by working with Chicago-Kent’s legal clinic and honed her written and oral advocacy skills as a semifinalist in the Charles Evans Hughes Moot Court competition.

 

Anne Shaw '95

Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award

Anne Shaw '95Anne Shaw ’95 is the founding officer and shareholder of Shaw Legal Services, Ltd.  For nearly 20 years, her practice has centered on taking care of families and the businesses that support those families. Her work focuses on civil litigation in the areas of commercial, civil rights and personal injury law.

As the daughter of Asian immigrants and a long-time Chicagoan, Anne’s civic and pro bono work reflect her efforts to serve and unite these two communities. In 2010, Anne founded the first pro bono legal clinic in Chicago’s Chinatown neighborhood, where volunteer attorneys work with Chinese interpreters to provide legal advice and referrals to low-income clients. Five years later, the Chinatown pro bono clinic is thriving, and Anne has been asked to assist in the formation of similar clinics in other communities.  In 2012, after discovering Illinois State licensure exams for cosmetology were only offered in English and Spanish, Anne led the effort to expand translations of these examinations into Asian languages to help the Asian community.  Anne ran to become the first Asian American woman City Council member in the 2014 Chicago municipal election, and this spring, she was honored with the prestigious Vanguard Award, given by the Chicago Bar Association and the Asian American Bar Association in recognition of those who have made the law and legal profession more accessible to and reflective of the community at-large.

While at Chicago-Kent, Anne was involved with the Moot Court Honor Society, and since graduating, she has stayed involved with the law school by serving as a mentor for the Society of Women in Law and speaking at the Black Law Students Association’s State of Black Chicago event. Anne also served as an alumni hooder for her sister Caryn Shaw ’13 when she graduated from Chicago-Kent two years ago.

 

Chicago Legal Clinic

Public Interest Partner Award

The Chicago Legal Clinic is a premier provider of community-based quality legal services to the underserved and disadvantaged of Chicago.  The clinic provides direct legal counseling and high quality representation at low or no cost, and strives to provide services that are compassionate, comprehensive and accessible.

Chicago-Kent is proud of its strong relationship with the Chicago Legal Clinic, which utilizes faculty, staff and alumni of the law school to honor its deep-rooted commitment to the well-being of Chicago’s disadvantaged communities. Keith Harley, a Clinic attorney for nearly 30 years, is also an adjuncet professor at Chicago-Kent, and with Keith’s help, the law school and the Legal Clinic collaborate to run the Chicago Environmental and Energy Law Clinic. This collaboration allows the Chicago Legal Clinic to expand its services to clients facing urban environmental concerns, and provides clinical, service learning experience to nearly 400 Chicago-Kent students thus far.  In addition, the Clinic utilizes Chicago-Kent students and alumni as fellows and interns whenever possible, and often refers clients to Chicago-Kent’s Solo and Small Practice Incubator program.