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quinn pic framedPat Quinn is a staunch advocate for criminal justice and a more just society. As Governor of Illinois, he reviewed more clemency decisions than any other governor in Illinois history, taking action on 4,928 and granting 1,795, many of which had backed up from the previous administration.

Gov. Quinn also boldly moved to ensure fairness in employment and greater chance of successful re-entry into communities for those released from prison. In October 2013, Quinn issued an administrative order to “ban the box,” preventing state agencies from inquiring into an applicant’s criminal history on a job application. In July 2014, he followed up by signing the Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicants Act, “banning the box” for all private employers with more than 15 employees.

Gov. Quinn on being one of FDLA’s 20 for 20:
“I want to thank the First Defense Legal Aid for this honor and for standing up for a more just society for all people. A law-abiding citizen’s past mistakes should not serve as a lifetime barrier to employment. We must continue the good work to give all people a fair shot to reach their full potential.” -Gov. Pat Quin

Join FDLA THIS FRODAY May 15th, 2015, 5-8pm at Mayer Brown LLP for “Answering the Call: A Special Event Celebrating 20 Years of 1(800)LAW-REP4” to celebrate with the 20 for 20 Honorees!

Terrence J. Truax Selected as one of FDLA’s “20 for 20” Honorees

Terrence J. Truax Selected as one of FDLA’s “20 for 20” Honorees

As Managing Partner of Jenner & Block, Terrence Truax oversees the operations of a global law firm with over 450 lawyers.  An ardent supporter and active partner in the firm’s pro bono practice, Mr. Truax provides valuable advice and supervision to numerous attorneys on their pro bono criminal matters.  He has represented dozens of indigent criminal defendants in the Circuit Court of Cook County and elsewhere.

He is a past recipient of the firm’s Albert E. Jenner, Jr. Pro Bono Award and serves on the firm’s Pro Bono Executive Committee. Mr. Truax also serves as President of the Board of Directors of Breakthrough Urban Ministries, which provides a variety of community based family, adult, and youth programming in East Garfield Park, including academics, job training, and an overnight transitional housing program.  He is past member of the Board of Directors of the Chicago Bar Foundation and the Advisory Board for the Cabrini Green Legal Aid Clinic.

On being named one of FDLA’s 20 for 20:

“It is a privilege to be recognized by FDLA.  I am a staunch believer that as a member of the Bar, we have the great privilege to represent clients in all facets of our practice, and that includes making the commitment to represent clients for whom access to representation and ultimately justice is limited by economics.  As all of the “20 for 20” honorees have done, stepping up to meet that commitment is at the heart of what it means to be a lawyer.  I hope the inspiring stories and contributions of my fellow honorees will shine a bright light on FDLA and this most important mission.”  — Terrence J. Truax

Sonia Antolec honored among FDLA’s 20 for 20

Judge Antolec demonstrated the courage to stand up for the fair treatment of a group of African-American teens charged in a high-profile mugging on a CTA train that media outlets described as a “wilding.” The former Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney dropped the charges upon realizing she could not, in good faith, proceed with the high-profile prosecution due to a flawed identification process.

Ms. Antolec resigned after she was demoted and suspended for her action. In an interview at the time, Antolec says she “couldn’t work for an office that no longer encouraged her to do the right thing.”

She is now the Chief Administrative Law Judge for Illinois Healthcare and Family services and an adjunct professor of law.

On being named an FDLA 20 for 20 award winner: “I am honored to be recognized by FDLA and among such a prominent group of accomplished advocates for justice. There is no better way to serve the People, all of the People, than by doing the right thing in each and every instance of our professional and personal lives.” – Sonia Antolec

Jorge Roque to be honored with one of FDLA’s 20 for 20 awards

Jorge Roque has lead programs for youth in the Little Village community for more than 2 decades as a gang outreach worker, violence interrupter, and youth mentor.

Mr. Roque currently works with gang-involved youth at the New Life Center, providing mentoring, gang intervention counseling, substance abuse classes, art therapy, job readiness training, tutoring, GED classes, court advocacy, social activities, family support, and more to help them successfully complete juvenile probation and avoid further contact with the juvenile and criminal systems. He has also served with the YMCA’s Street Violence Intervention Program, University of Chicago’s Gang Violence Reduction Project, and the Chicago Board of Education’s Violence Intervention Program.

Roque has long called on the assistance of 1-800-LAW-REP-4, knowing that if the youth with whom he works access fair treatment, the cycle of violence can be broken.

A word from FDLA 20 for 20 Honoree Jorge Roque:

“I always say, we need to get better at listening first instead of speaking when working with youth. I have carried FDLA cards with me since the 1990’s, especially when doing outreach. It is a very important resource for youth development and violence intervention.”

Join FDLA May 15th, 2015, 5-8pm at Mayer Brown LLP for “Answering the Call: A Special Event Celebrating 20 Years of 1(800)LAW-REP4” to celebrate with the 20 for 20 Honorees!

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