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ILAO's 2017 Benefit: A New SPiN on Justice

By Samantha Kyrkostas on March 03, 2017

We are thrilled to announce that Meredith Ritchie, Vice President, General Counsel & Chief Ethics Officer of Alliant Credit Union, will chair Illinois Legal Aid Online’s 7th Annual Fundraising Benefit, to be held at 5:30 pm on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at SPiN in downtown Chicago. This event serves as Illinois Legal Aid Online’s premiere fundraiser and is an important revenue generator. All proceeds from the event support our work using technology to help people who can’t afford a lawyer understand their legal options, make informed decisions and represent themselves in court.

This annual signature event brings together 400 leaders from Illinois' premier law firms and companies to celebrate and raise funds to support Illinois Legal Aid Online. Hosted by Chairperson Ritchie, this year we'll be serving up inspiring stories, great food, and a rousing match of ping pong for those inclined to break out their paddles.

Ritchie has convened an impressive host committee of over two dozen leaders, with representatives from many law firms and corporations throughout the Chicago area, including: Tim Abrahams, PwC, Aurora Austriaco, Valentine Austriaco & Bueschel, P.C., Janice Block, KAPLAN INC., Tasha Brown, DLA Piper LLP, Yeny Ciborowski, Barnes & Thornburg LLP, Daniel Cotter, Butler Rubin Saltarelli & Boyd LLP, Talita Erickson, Barilla America, Inc., Heather Fine, Major Lindsey & Africa, Irene Fiorentinos, Jones Day, Dennis Garcia, Microsoft Corporation, Bethany Harris, Mossing & Navarre, LLC, Corinne Heggie, Scharf Banks Marmor, LLC, Shawn Kasserman, Tomasik Kotin Kasserman LLP, Gregory Leighton, Neal Gerber & Eisenberg LLP, Oksanna Malan, Quadrant Law Group, Margaret Manetti, Codilis & Associates, Renee McMahon, Charles River Associates, Kim Metrick, Walgreen Co., Katherine Minarik, Bartlit, Beck, Herman, Palenchar & Scott, LLP, Sandy Morris, Chico & Nunes, P.C., Cynde Munzer, Aronberg Goldgehn Davis & Garmisa, Dean Jennifer Rosato Perea, DePaul University College of Law, Margo Wolfe O'Donnell, Vedder Price, P.C., Marcia Owens, Hamilton Thies & Lorch LLP, Marie Sarantakis, Davi & Associates, P.C., Michael Scotti, Roetzel & Andress LPA, Lori Stanovich, Deloitte, Julie Workman, Meltzer, Purtill & Stelle LLC, and Jeanne Wrenn, National Safety Council.

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For more information about event programming, tickets, or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Samantha Kyrkostas, 312-977-9047 x16 or