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Lawyers Care Reception

  • Thursday, May 2, 2024
  • Ditka's Oakbrook

Join the Illinois Bar Foundation for the Lawyers Care Reception, honoring Hon. Russell W. Hartigan, Ret. (Circuit Court of Cook County) and Michael J. Scalzo (Scalzo Law Offices).

Thursday, May 2 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Ditka’s Oakbrook (2 Mid American Plaza, Suite 100)

The Illinois Bar Foundation is proud to award Judge Russell Hartigan, Ret. and Michael Scalzo for their many dedicated years of service to the IBF and the Lawyers Care Fund Committee. Proceeds of this event will benefit the Warren Lupel Lawyers Care Fund, which provides financial assistance to lawyers and their families in times of crisis.


Judge Russell W. Hartigan, Ret., a Gold Champion and proud Lincoln Legacy Society member of the IBF, served as a board member and a dedicated Lawyers Care committee member from 2004-19. During his tenure in IBF leadership, Judge Hartigan served on the Illinois State Bar Association’s Board of Governors and several section councils. He was elected as ISBA Secretary and Treasurer, and later on, became the ISBA’s 141st President from 2017-18. Judge Hartigan rejoined the IBF Board the year after his presidency and continues to be an active member in both organizations. Installed as a Judge for the Circuit Court of Cook County in the Law Division and Fifth Municipal district from 2010-17, Judge Hartigan has had extensive experience in mediation and cases representing plaintiffs and defendants, including casualty and municipal defense, workers compensation, and personal injury. As a J.D. graduate from the John Marshall Law School and B.A. graduate from DePaul University, he returned to academia as a frequent lecturer to both schools in addition to Northwestern University and Chicago Kent College of Law – IIT Law School.

Michael J. Scalzo, Founder of Scalzo Law and Bronze Champion of the IBF, has served nearly 15 years on the Illinois Bar Foundation’s Lawyers Care Committee, assisting in distributing financial aid to deserving lawyers in crisis since its founding in 1951. Michael has served on the Illinois State Bar Association’s ADR and Family Law Section Councils, bringing invaluable family law experience to the table. In addition to being an active member and past president of the DuPage County Bar Association, he has also served on the Board of Directors of Prairie State Legal services. Michael has been a court-appointed divorce mediator, court approved civil law mediator, and certified divorce arbitrator, involving cases of custody, maintenance, removal, college education expenses, and other financial matters. As a J.D. graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio, Michael Scalzo currently resides in Wheaton, Illinois.


Thank You to Our Sponsors


R. Stephen Scott, IBF Board Member