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Gary Wild Memorial Award

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)

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