Awards & Recognition

Acknowledging Excellence in the Legal Community

Each year the Illinois Bar Foundation acknowledges the outstanding achievements and contributions of attorneys in the Illinois legal community. Awards celebrate leaders in the legal profession for their commitment to public service, legal and charitable achievements, and contributions to law and society.

IBF Award Recipients

Distinguished Award for Excellence

Each year at the Illinois Bar Foundation’s annual Gala, one recipient is awarded our highest honor, the Distinguished Award of Excellence.  The award is given to an individual whose career and personal life exemplify their ongoing commitment to the law and legal community.

October 2022 Recipient

Patricia C. Bobb

The October 2022 Gala will honor Patricia C. Bobb (Patricia C. Bobb & Associates) with the Distinguished Award for Excellence. A principal of the law firm of Patricia C. Bobb & Associates, and Of Counsel to the law firm of Meyers & Flowers, Patti’s litigation practice focuses on representing individuals in personal injury cases with an emphasis on medical malpractice. She has tried more than 100 jury and bench trials in federal and state courts. Her experience and integrity as a lawyer is confirmed by her selection by both judges and fellow attorneys to act as a mediator in arbitrating more than 50 major medical malpractice cases.

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2020 Gala-Palooza Awards

In 2020, the traditional Illinois Bar Foundation Gala was reimagined as a virtual “Gala-Palooza”, featuring a magic show, virtual Lawyers Rock performances, and awards for some of the brightest names in our community.

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Distinguished Service to Law & Society Award

The Illinois Bar Foundation selects individuals each year to receive the Distinguished Service to Law & Society Award, presented at our annual Champions Breakfast (formerly known as the Fellows Breakfast). Honorees are selected because of their significant contributions to law and society, including dedicated service through the Illinois Bar Foundation and its Champions.

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Honorary Champion Award Recipients

Each year at the Champions Breakfast (formerly known as the Fellows Breakfast), the Illinois Bar Foundation selects at least one individual to be acknowledged as an Honorary Champion. Recipients are attorneys of distinction whose professional and public careers set an example to which others aspire.

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Champions Reception Honorees

The Illinois Bar Foundation is proud to host periodic Champions Receptions, honoring attorneys around the state who embody the mission of the Illinois Bar Foundation through their leadership and dedication to the legal community.

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Legal Luminaries

In partnership with the Illinois Judges Foundation, the Illinois Bar Foundation presented the first-ever Legal Luminary Awards in 2019, honoring exemplary individuals from the bench and bar for their career-long dedication to advancing the profession and their many contributions to the legal community.

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