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21st Annual Human Rights Awards Virtual Event
Tuesday, June 2, 2020
5:00 - 5:45 p.m. CDT

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ABOUT THE EVENT

The 21st Annual National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) Human Rights Awards will honor human rights champions and celebrate the contributions of business, civic, and community leaders. For the safety and wellbeing of our communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, NIJC will present its Human Rights Awards virtually to a global audience for the first time ever.

 

SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM OUR PREMIER SPONSORS

 

 

AWARDEES

Keynote Speaker & Jeanne and Joseph Sullivan Award Recipient:

photo of Aarti ShahaniAarti Namdev Shahani is one of the most eclectic journalists you’ll ever meet. Before becoming NPR’s Silicon Valley correspondent and now an NPR contributor, she was a community organizer in her native New York City, working with immigrants being deported. “I spent my 20s with prisoners, and my 30s with startup founders,” she says. “I like intense people, from all walks of life.” Her heart-wrenching memoir Here We Are: American Dreams, American Nightmares, chronicles her unlikely journey and has garnered critical acclaim. “Riveting…a bruising critique of colonialism” (NPR); “heartfelt, galvanizing” (San Francisco Chronicle); “timely, bittersweet” (Publishers Weekly); “among the finest memoirs written in recent decades...a vivid, almost cinematic journey that is both beautiful and unforgettable" (Guy Raz, Host, How I Built This and TED Radio Hour).


Human Rights Corporate Award Recipient:

Ankura


Human Rights Practitioner Award Recipient:

Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP


Rising Star Award Recipients:

Gregory Dickinson, Schiff Hardin LLP
Christopher L. Gerardi, Jr., Schiff Hardin LLP
Emily Jastromb, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Danielle Maldonado, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Michael Marzano, Ropes & Gray LLP
Katherine Paulson, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Bruce H. Ratain, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Marlow Svatek, Sidley Austin LLP
Reeya Thakrar, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Hope Tone, Jenner & Block
Adam Weiner, Reed Smith LLP
John Whitaker, Formerly of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

 

FEATURING SPECIAL GUESTS

Dolores Huerta
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot
Albany Park Theater Project
Julissa Arce
Monica McWilliams
Courageous NIJC clients who will share their stories

 

SPONSORS

Logos for top sponsorship companies of the Human Rights Awards

Adler Murphy & McQuillen LLP
AlixPartners
Allstate
Ankura
Astellas
AT&T
Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP
Baxter
CBOE
CBRE
CME Group
CNA
CTS Impact
Chapman and Cutler LLP
Consilio
Cozen O'Connor
DLA Piper
Dentons
Carrie Di Santo
Dykema Gossett
Eimer Stahl LLP
Exelon
Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
FardyLaw
Foley & Lardner LLP
Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP
Freeborn & Peters
GCM Grosvenor
Global IP Law Group
Goldberg Kohn Ltd.
Grant Thornton LLP
Greenberg Traurig
JP Morgan Chase & Co
Jaszczuk PC
Jenner & Block LLP
Jones Day
King & Spalding
Latham & Watkins LLP
Law Offices of Susan Fortino-Brown LLC
Littler Mendelson
Locke Lord LLP
Mayer Brown LLP
McDermott Will & Emery
McDonald's
Mesirow Financial
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Jerry Newton + David Weinberg
O'Melveny & Myers
Perkins Coie LLP
Protiviti
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
Rapp Law Group LLC
Reed Smith
Ropes & Gray LLP
Schaner Dispute Resolution LLC
Schiff Hardin
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Jeanne M. Sullivan
Swanson Martin & Bell

 

COMPLETE YOUR CELEBRATION

Looking for snacks during the event? It is happy hour after all! Consider ordering delivery or take-out from an immigrant-owned restaurant! Here are some suggestions in Chicago from members of NIJC's Leadership Board.

Andy's Thai Kitchen (Lincoln Park) - https://andysthaikitchen.com/index.html 
Bacci Pizza (multiple locations in city and suburbs) - https://www.baccipizza.com
The Gage (Loop) - https://thegagechicago.com
Kie Gol Lanee (Uptown) - https://kiegol.com/#traditional-mexican-cuisine
La Biznaga (Old Irving Park/The Villa) - http://orderlabiznaga.com/
Middle East Bakery (Andersonville) - http://middleeastbakeryandgrocery.com/grill.html
Nepal House (South Loop) - https://curryhouseonline.com
Pita Inn (multiple locations in Skokie, Naperville, Glenview, Wheeling and Mundelein) - https://www.pita-inn.com/
Ricardo’s Italian (Lincoln Park) - https://riccardotrattoria.com