Lori Lightfoot, Ella Jenkins to be honored at CLC's Power of Voice event Oct. 20

CHICAGO -- Lori Lightfoot, a partner at Mayer Brown who chaired the Chicago Police Accountability Task Force, and Ella Jenkins, the GRAMMY - winning “First Lady of Children’s Folk Music” will be accepting awards from the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (CLC) at its annual benefit next month, The Power of Voice.
 
The event is co-chaired by Myles Berman and Jeffrey Cummings and will take place on Thursday, October 20, from 5:30pm - 8:30pm at the Chicago History Museum in Old Town. Other honorees include CLC’s 2016 Young Lawyer Pro Bono Award recipient, Adam Diederich, and CLC’s Law Firm Pro Bono Award winner Sidley Austin LLP.
 
The event will highlight young voices who are silenced through exclusion from our public education system, casting a spotlight on CLC’s innovative Educational Equity Project and its work advocating for policy reform and representing children in school discipline cases.
 
Event guests will have access to the Chicago History Museum’s special exhibition, Lincoln’s Undying Words. The evening will also feature performances from Musicality, the vocal ensemble from Curie Metropolitan High School on Chicago’s Southwest Side that performed for millions of viewers this summer on “America’s Got Talent.”
 
Members of the media are invited to attend. Please contact Timna Axel at 312-888-4194 for a press pass.
 
About the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (CLC): We are civil rights lawyers and advocates working to secure racial equity and economic justice. Through partnerships with law firms, we provide pro bono legal representation and collaborate with grassroots organizations and advocacy groups to implement community-based solutions that advance civil rights. Founded in 1969, we build on the proud and courageous history of our nation’s civil rights movement, united in our commitment to the unfinished business of challenging and dismantling racial and economic oppression. Our legal projects focus on areas of discrimination such as fair housing, educational equity, employment and voting rights to address inequity through direct legal services, impact litigation, policy advocacy, research, community education, coalition building, and media communications.