Chicago partner John G. Levi was honored with the “Champion of Justice Award” at the 2019 Legal Aid Chicago Luncheon. Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker presented the award and thanked John for his efforts in expanding access to justice for low-income Americans.
John was commended for the significant impact he has made thus far in his leadership position as Chairman of the Board of the Legal Services Corporation (LSC). He was appointed to the 11-member board by President Obama, elected by the Board to serve as its Chairman and has served in that role for the past nine years. Under his leadership, LSC appointed a Pro Bono Task Force of more than 60 members which encourages innovation in pro bono to assist legal aid programs across the country. He appointed a multidisciplinary, national Disaster Task Force to promote the use of civil legal aid in helping communities prepare for and recover from national disasters, as well as a Task Force on the Opioid Crisis and Civil Legal Aid, which Sidley has supported financially and through the work of its lawyers.
In his remarks at the luncheon, John underscored the necessity of legal aid support both in Chicago and throughout the United States. He stated, “this crisis in access to justice for low-income Americans is happening on our watch. Leaving this many people out to fend for themselves seriously erodes confidence in the fairness of our justice system and ultimately, in my view, jeopardizes the rule of law. Equal justice is not charity.”
At Sidley, John represents major professional and financial services firms, national and multi-national corporations, as well as a host of medium-sized and smaller corporations in employment and labor matters before numerous federal and state courts, government agencies and arbitration forums.