Northern Illinois University College of Law Wins
‘Lawyers Feeding Illinois’ Competition
Northern Illinois University College of Law won the Best Law School category in “Lawyers Feeding Illinois,” a food and fundraising drive and competition held recently by the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) to feed the state’s food insecure.
Led by the NIU Law Student Bar Association, the College of Law raised over $900 and 103 pounds of food items, and will be honored at an awards ceremony on May 8 at the ISBA’s Chicago Regional Office. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, whose office supported the campaign, will speak at the awards ceremony.
Lawyers Feeding Illinois, an initiative of the Illinois State Bar Association and its president, Urbana attorney John E. Thies, raised 1.25 million meals in a statewide campaign held February 18 – March 1. The campaign was conducted in cooperation with Feeding Illinois, and all donated food and money benefitted the eight regional food banks serving Illinois. Lawyers Feeding Illinois was chaired by Thies’ wife, Terry.
The effort was also supported by Illinois judges, who placed collection containers for non-perishable food items in courthouses in all parts of the state. Additional financial support for the project came from Attorneys’ Title Guaranty Fund, ISBA Mutual Insurance Company and the Lake County Bar Association. Numerous local, ethnic and specialty bar associations also participated. Information about the campaign is available at www.lawyersfeedingil.org.
Feeding Illinois is a coalition of eight Feeding America food banks providing food to 1,885 agencies, including food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters that feed 1.4 million residents across the state. The organization is committed to educating people about the role of food banks in addressing hunger and raising awareness of the need to devote more resources and attention to hunger issues. Feeding Illinois is made up of Central Illinois Foodbank, Eastern Illinois Foodbank, Greater Chicago Food Depository, Northern Illinois Food Bank, the Peoria Area Food Bank, River Bend Foodbank, St. Louis Area Foodbank and Tri-State Foodbank.
The 32,000-member ISBA (isba.org), with offices in Springfield and Chicago, provides professional services to Illinois lawyers, and education and services to the public through a website (illinoislawyerfinder.com), a cable television program (“Illinois Law”), consumer brochures, and distribution of legal information.
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