Mayor Rahm Emanuel
Mayor, City of Chicago
Honorary Chair
Robin M. Hulshizer
Latham & Watkins LLP

Executive Panel & Distinguished Readers

Sean Berkowitz
Former Assistant U.S. Attorney, Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP
Steven Covey
Former General Counsel & Senior Vice President, Navistar, Inc.
Hon. Judge Robert M. Dow
Jr. U.S.D.C. for the Northern District of Illinois
Zachary Fardon
Former U.S. Attorney, Northern District of Illinois
Collins T. Fitzpatrick
Circuit Executive, U.S. Court of Appeals For The Seventh Circuit
Sal Guccione
Former Assistant Superintendent, Office of the Catholic Schools
Terri Foster
Founder, Chicago Charity Challenge
Hon. Judge Charles P. Kocoras
U.S.D.C for the Northern District of Illinois
Sara Gilley Krivoshia
Principal, Cornerstone Research
Harry Lennix
Director, Stage and Screen Actor
Warren Lupel
Special Counsel, Much Shelist, P.C.
Yolanda Magallanes
Development Director, Organizing For Action
Sarah Marino
Director of Accreditation, Medical Assisting Education Review Board
Bethany McLean
Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair
Darryl McPherson
U.S. Marshal, U.S. Department of Justice, Northern District of Illinois
John Pont
Associate Coach, University of Chicago Maroons
Judah Rodgon
Senior Counsel, Wells Fargo
Paul Rutherford
Vice Chairman, Cook County Crime Stoppers
Eric Schiller
Partner and Lecturer, Dentons and Northwestern University School Of Law
Julie Schrager
Legal Writing Coach, Schiff Hardin LLP
Helene Shapo
Professor, Northwestern University School Of Law
Tom Tuohy
President, Founder, Dreams for Kids
Jesse White
Secretary of State and State Librarian, State of Illinois
Zee Williams
Chief, Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office Child Support Enforcement Division
David Cherry
Director, All Stars Project of Chicago
RJ Collins
Singer, Contestant on “The Voice”
Richard J. Durbin
U.S. Senator
Hon. Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer
U.S.D.C Northern District of Illinois
Cleopatra Cowley-Pendelton
Co-Founder of Hadiya’s Promise
Jessica Roberts
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Carnegie Mellon University
Hon. Judge Mary Rowland
U.S.D.C Northern District of Illinois
Julissa Santoy
Executive Assistant to Congressman Luis Guitierrez
Deb Steiner
Executive V.P., General Counsel, CCO, RR Donnelly & Sons Co.
Heidi Stevens
Columnist, Chicago Tribune

Our Readers & Event Volunteers

We Are Indebted To Our Many Wonderful Volunteers. This event could not have happened but for their time and talent, assisting in so many ways, planning the awards event, preparing letters to students and teachers, reaching out to local businesses and most importantly, reading all of those wonderful essays! We gratefully acknowledge their invaluable contributions.