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Access to Justice Awards

Presented during the March membership luncheon.

Access to Justice Award 

A Lake County Bar Association member who has provided or supported legal services to low-income clients, and who has made a particularly significant or meaningful contribution to the provision of low-income legal services.



2019 - Hon. Elizabeth Rochford

2018 - Michael Strauss
2017 - Jacqueline E. Herrera - Giron

2016 - Kevin M. Kane

2015 - Deborah L. Goldberg

2014 - Lawrence W. Smith


Gideon's Award

A public defender or former public defender who whose efforts embody the core values of the Public Defender Movement in the United States and the County of Lake.  This award recognizes an attorney whose contributions to the cause of indigent criminal defense (either in service of a single client or through a more general course of conduct rising above and beyond the general requirements of the job) stand as an example of the selfless dedication to social justice personified by the words of Clarence Earl Gideon: “Each era finds an improvement in law for the benefit of mankind.  



2019 - Molly Leimback

2018 - Rhonda (Randie) Bruno
2017 - Robin DeMars Goodstein 

2016 - Keith C. Grant

2015 - Kathryn O. Gordon, Lindsay G. Johnson

2014 - Specialty Court, Lake County Public Defender Team


Justice Robert H. Jackson Award

A prosecutor who has distinguished himself or herself in public service and whose commitment to justice and serving the communities where he or she lives or works is particularly praiseworthy. The nomination should address the individual's outstanding characteristics, prosecution history, work with the public, and his or her contributions to the quality of prosecution and the image of prosecutors.


2019 - Hon. John J. Scully (ret.)

2018 - Jason R. Humke

2017 - Reginald C. Mathews

2016 - Claudia K. Kasten

2015 - Lawrence H. Spector

2014 - Michael J. Waller

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