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Gary Wild Memorial Dinner

Every year the NSBA honors Past President Gary Wild.  The NSBA gives a monetary award to an organization that exemplifies Gary’s character and interests.

Gary was one of our most active members.  He particularly was kind and supportive to all new members.

Additionally Gary, as a lawyer, was zealous in protecting the rights of the less fortunate.  He was a social security disability lawyer, represented parents and children in the juvenile court, and was an active member of the ACLU.

Judge Allen Goldberg, one of Gary’s friends at the NSBA, presents the NSBA donation at the yearly dinner.  Then a representative of the honored group speaks about the organization.

Recipients have included:

2000  —  The Evanston Community Defender
2001  —   First Defense Program
2002  —  Cook County Assistance Hotline (CARPLS)
2003  —  Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago
2004. —  Center for Disability and Elder Law
2005  —  Midwest Center on Law and the Deaf
2006  —  The Childlaw Clinic of Loyola Chicago
2007  —  National Immigration Justice Center
2008  — Misercordia, Heart of Mercy
2009  —  Youth Services of Glenview/Northbrook
2010  — Veteran's Legal Law Clinic of John Marshall Law School
2011  — The Children's Advocacy Room of Cook County
2012  —  Wounded Warrior Project
2013  —  Veteran's Legal Clinic of John Marshall Law School
2014  —  Clearbrook Center
2015  —  Evanston YWCA
2016  —  Niles Township Food Pantry
2017  — Curt's Cafe and The Lilac Tree
2018  —  Little City and Domestic Violence Legal Clinic (DVLC)
2020/2021  — James B. Moran Center and Metropolitan Family Services
2021/2022 — The Illinois Justice Project (ILJP) and Friends of Recovery United (FOR U)
2023 — The Quilts of Valor and the Polish American Associaition

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