Schiff Hardin LLP is proud to announce UCAN (Uhlich Children's Advantage Network) will be recognizing partners Heidi Hennig Rowe, Virgil R. Montgomery, Gabriel M. Rodriguez, and Renee Cipriano as well as Managing Partner, Ronald S. Safer, as Volunteers of the Year at its Annual Donor's Recognition Reception on February 9, 2015.
The Volunteer of the Year award recognizes UCAN supporters and ambassadors who have made a profound impact in their communities. UCAN firmly believes in empowering youth and families through the use of compassion and education. The Volunteer of the Year Award celebrates Schiff Hardin’s commitment to helping UCAN carry out its vision that "youth who have suffered trauma can become our future leaders."
"My colleagues and I are honored to receive this award from UCAN," said Mr. Safer, a member of UCAN's President’s Board. "Our construction and environmental lawyers have done outstanding work helping UCAN's dream become a reality. The firm is passionate about giving back to our community and taking action to assist those in need. We are proud to support UCAN in its efforts to provide opportunities for society’s most vulnerable people and to create future leaders."
Schiff Hardin has a strong history of pro bono legal work. Through the firm's A.C.T. initiative, or All Come Together, Schiff Hardin has increased its community service through volunteer efforts and events within the community. The A.C.T. initiative provides attorneys and staff with the opportunity to strengthen the Schiff Hardin culture and to give back to communities. A.C.T. fueled Schiff Hardin's volunteer efforts in January 2013 when attorneys and staff from the Chicago and Lake Forest offices, along with their families and friends, volunteered at the UCAN Academy throughout the Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend to facilitate the renewal of the school's student library and staff lounge.
Continuing that spirit of service and support of UCAN, Schiff Hardin volunteered its expertise in construction and environmental law to help UCAN navigate complex legal and project issues and negotiate agreements for the construction of UCAN's new $39 million, state-of-the-art campus in the North Lawndale community on Chicago’s West Side.
Schiff Hardin attorneys Virgil Montgomery and Heidi Hennig Rowe provided critical legal counsel, advice and hands-on review of UCAN's proposed construction contracts to build the Therapeutic Youth Home and Program Headquarters that comprise the seven-acre campus.
Equally important was the high-level legal advice and consultation provided by Schiff Hardin attorneys Renee Cipriano and Gabriel Rodriguez in the area of environmental law. Individually and collectively, the team of attorneys excelled in providing much-needed legal advice to UCAN and in professionally representing and protecting the interests of the nonprofit agency.
UCAN helps youth who have suffered trauma become future leaders by providing a consistent presence, meaningful programming, and unrivaled diversity. Founded in 1869, it is one of Chicago’s oldest, yet most innovative, social service agencies. UCAN serves almost 14,000 children, youth and families annually with more than 30 trauma-informed programs including residential treatment, counseling, foster care, transitional living, workforce development, violence prevention programming and youth leadership development. To learn more, visit www.ucanchicago.org.