The Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association will present Sidley lawyers with three Northern District Pro Bono Awards at the Twentieth Annual Excellence in Pro Bono and Public Interest Service Award Ceremony taking place in Chicago in May 2019. These awards reflect Sidley’s continued tradition and longstanding commitment to pro bono, public interest and community service work. Thank you to the following lawyers for their advocacy and dedication to pro bono service.
John Treece, Hannah Posen and Michaela Kabat are receiving the award for their work on behalf of the plaintiff in Knox v. Magee, et al, No. 1:17-cv-4338, a case involving claims filed by a physically disabled inmate suffering from mental illnesses who claimed he was attacked by guards while incarcerated in Cook County Jail. The team settled on very favorable terms after representing Mr. Knox in this matter for almost a year and a half, then went above and beyond the call of duty by identifying and taking on yet another civil rights case for Mr. Knox in the Central District of Illinois. That case, involving claims that Mr. Knox was denied necessary services and medications and confined in a non-ADA compliant solitary cell while detained at Pontiac Correctional Center, resulted in a substantial victory: after the team filed a motion for preliminary injunction asking for Mr. Knox to be transferred to the Joliet Treatment Center – an Illinois Department of Corrections facility that focuses on mental health treatment – the Department agreed to the transfer. The team continues to litigate Mr. Knox’s claims for damages.
Bryan Krakauer, Frank Favia, Alison Leff, Blair Warner, Caitlin Maly and John Prinzivalli are also being honored for their work on behalf of the plaintiff in Acey v. City of Chicago, et al, No. 1:16-cv-02843, which involved claims arising out of injuries a SWAT team caused to Mr. Acey during execution of a search warrant. The case was ultimately settled for the maximum the City of Chicago is permitted to offer absent specific approval from the City Council, which is well above the value of settlements the City has reached in comparable cases.