Golden Gavel Celebration




120 East Delaware Street, Chicago, IL 60611

If you are interested in sponsorship, please view our sponsorship packet or contact

2024 Golden Gavel Awardee: Susan Levy

2024 Sponsors will be updated soon.

Our 30 years as a national legal aid leader has proved to be an exercise in community, fortitude, adaptation, and our connecting thread of access to legal justice for all Illinoisans. See just a few of our major highlights and the impact your support can make.

2022 Golden Gavel Celebration

On November 17, 2022, we welcomed over 300 legal aid partners, business leaders, sponsors, and supporters to celebrate our mission of access to justice.

The 2022 Golden Gavel was a tremendous success raising more than a half a million dollars for CARPLS programing. It was a joy to be together, and we were blown away by the support of our community.

For nearly 30 years, CARPLS has offered free legal assistance to Cook County’s most underserved residents. CARPLS breaks down the barriers to justice low- and moderate-income individuals commonly face, while alleviating the anxiety and stress often associated with legal problems. As a result, people move their lives forward and advocate for themselves and their communities.Thank you again for your generous support. Together, we will continue to make a difference in the lives of more than 80,000 people in Cook County every year, providing critical access to legal justice.

Thank you to everyone who sponsored and joined the event, for your support, and we hope to see you later this year!

Our 2022 Committee

Sue Bettman, Co-chair

Bryan Locke, Co-chair

Laura and Shawn Fagan

Sean Gallagher

Amy Van Gelder

Michael R. Pace

David B.H. Williams

Our 2022 Sponsors

Equity Sponsors

Justice Sponsors

Counselor Sponsors

Advocate Sponsors

Ankura Consulting Group, LLC

Colleen & Andrew Batcheler


FGS Global

FTI Consulting

Harrison Law LLC

Husch Blackwell

Anna Simpson



Williams Bax & Saltzman P.C.

Defender Sponsors

Anonymous (2)


Combined Insurance

Conagra Brands

Mayer Brown LLP

Provisio Partners


Partner Sponsors

Berkeley Research Group, LLC

Sue Bettman

Charles River Associates

Cornerstone Research

Kyle Hartman

Holland & Knight 

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Northern Trust Company

Ogletree Deakins

Michael Pace

Perkins Coie 

Saul Ewing  

Susan J. Schwartz

Zebra Technologies Corporation

Guardian Sponsors

Alvarez & Marsal

Baxter International

Best Defense Concepts, LLC

Bruce Braun 

Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Heather Grove

Major, Lindsay & Africa

Chelsea and Jim Medek

Mesirow Financial

Mary Quigg

Pretium Partners

Dan Rubenstein

Patricia A. Wrona

Photos from our 2022 Golden Gavel Celebration