At its annual meeting on June 28, LTF President Jack Carey announced that the Lawyers Trust Fund will distribute Legal Services Support grants totaling $9,111,000 for FY 2019 – an increase of $785,000 over FY 2018 grants.
Mr. Carey presented the Esther R. Rothstein Award to Beth Johnson, Senior Policy Advisor at Cabrini Green Legal Aid. The Lawyers Trust Fund honored Ms. Johnson for her exemplary efforts to promote equal access to justice by advocating for opportunities for individuals who have been affected by the criminal justice system.
The LTF annual meeting, held at the offices of the ISBA Mutual Insurance Company and hosted by the Illinois State Bar Association, marked a point of transition for the Lawyers Trust Fund. Board members Jack Carey, Terri Mascherin, and Larry Rogers, Jr. reached the end of their second (and final, per LTF bylaws) three-year terms. New board members appointed to serve from 2018 – 2021 include Jonathon Fox (Moline); Marcelo Halpern (Chicago), and Stacey McCullough (Wheaton).
Newly elected officers for FY 2019 are Aurora Abella-Austriaco (President); Shawn Kasserman (Vice President); and Sally McDonald (Secretary/Treasurer).