Celebrating Justice for Families

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5 p.m. VIP Reception • 5:30 p.m. Main Event

Maggiano’s Banquet Hall
111 W. Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60654

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HONORING

The Family Defender  Louis Milot

Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award  Baker McKenzie

Client Recognition Award  Rochelle McCreedy

HOST COMMITTEE
Julie A. Bauer
Mary Case
Cathleen M. Combs and James O. Latturner
Ann Courter and Norman Hirsch
Kent Dean
William V. Essig
Melissa B. Hirst
Elizabeth P. Lewis
Judith and John Martens
Teresa L. Reuter
Michelle Stebbins
Ashley Walsh

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For more information, please contact Connie at connie@familydefensecenter.org.

Let Kids Play Celebration

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Thank you to our supporters for making our Let Kids Play Celebration a success! This year’s theme, “Let Kids Play,” was a celebration of the Center’s important work defending families against unfair charges of child neglect, such as a rule that is used to punish parents for making decisions like letting their children play at the park. These vague charges of neglect especially hurt poor families who are trying to provide a good life for their children.

If you couldn’t make it, you can still be a part of the celebration by donating now!

We look forward to another year of fighting for a fairer child welfare system. Read more

Tenth Anniversary Celebration

A Decade of Justice for Families

Thank you to our supporters for being a part of the next decade of justice for families! With your help, we had our best year yet at our annual benefit. We are excited to continue our work into the next decade.

Our successes over the last 10 years would not have been possible without our 10th Anniversary Honorees and our 2015 Family Defender. Here is the video that debuted at our celebration:

Family Innocence Benefit honoring Ellen Domph and Professor Deborah Tuerkheimer

Family Innocence Benefit honoring Ellen Domph and Professor Deborah Tuerkheimer

On Sunday, September 21, 2014, at the MidAmerica Club in Chicago, the Family Defense Center honored Ellen Domph for her exemplary work as lead trial counsel in the celebrated In re: Yohan K. case which led to a landmark appellate victory as well as the research and advocacy of Professor Deborah Tuerkheimer, whose focus on the widespread injustice and error in so many “Shaken Baby Syndrome” prosecutions has helped exonerate wrongly accused families and shaped public discourse. A Community and Professional Service Award was given to FDC Board Member and pro bono attorney Louis Fogel of Jenner and Block. We also recognized the Goodman Theatre with a Community Awareness Award for promoting awareness of the child welfare system through the production of the play Luna Gale. Click to view pictures from the event as well as the event program booklet.

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Fifth Annual Benefit Honoring Anita Weinberg

Fifth Annual Benefit Honoring Anita Weinberg

On Sunday, September 22, 2013, at the MidAmerica Club in Chicago, the Family Defense Center honored Professor Anita Weinberg for her commitment to the welfare of children and the health of families through her work on countless major child welfare policy initiatives. Lifetime Achievement awards were given to Dr. Eugene Pergament and Rhoda Redleaf. Additional awards were given to Colleen Garlington of Kirkland & Ellis for her pro bono representation of mothers with mental health disabilities as well as to the Julie Q. pro bono legal team. Click to view pictures from the event as well as the event program booklet.

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Fourth Annual Benefit Honoring Karl Dennis

Fourth Annual Benefit Honoring Karl Dennis

On Sunday, September 23, 2012, at the Hotel Allegro in Chicago, the Family Defense Center honored Karl Dennis for his life-long commitment to working with youth whose behavior challenges their families, their communities and the authorities by developing and promoting the use of WrapAround services which work with, not against, these children, their families and communities. Additional awards were given to Michael W. Weaver, McDermott Will & Emery, for Individual Attorney Recognition; George J. Barry, retired, and Kathleen A. Barry, Winston & Strawn, for a Father-Daughter Pro Bono Service Recognition; and Toni Hoy, for Parent Advocate Recognition. Click to view pictures from the event as well as the event program booklet.

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Third Annual Benefit Honoring Carolyn Kubitschek

Third Annual Benefit Honoring Carolyn Kubitschek

At the third annual benefit, held on Sunday, September 25, 2011, at the Hotel Allegro in Chicago, the Family Defense Center honored Carolyn Kubitschek for her work in the momentous Camreta v. Greene supreme court case which sought to give families protection from unwarranted seizure and interrogation of children at school. Additional awards were given to Michael Otto of Jenner & Block for excellent individual pro bono representation, the Slater v. DCFS pro bono team at McDermott Will & Emery, and the law firm of Sidley & Austin. Click to view pictures from the event as well as the event program booklet.

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