Schiff Hardin LLP is proud to announce that Chicago associate Molly L. Wiltshire received the National Immigrant Justice Center’s 2016 Rising Star Award. Each year, the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) honors people who have made outstanding achievements to promote, protect, and advance human rights around the world. Molly and her fellow recipients will be honored at NIJC’s 17th Annual Human Rights Awards luncheon on June 2, 2016, at the Fairmont Chicago Hotel.
“It is a privilege to receive NIJC’s Rising Star Award,” said Molly. “I’m both humbled and inspired by the NIJC cases I’ve worked on, and I’m grateful for Schiff Hardin’s unwavering support of pro bono work, even when that work doesn’t make headlines.”
Molly is a general litigator who has experience representing companies and individuals in diverse practice areas, including government regulatory and grand jury investigations, federal financial institution litigation, complex commercial disputes, and animal and environmental litigation. Molly also devotes substantial time to pro bono matters, working with both NIJC and Chicago Volunteer Legal Services. Through her work with NIJC, she currently represents clients from China and Cote d’Ivoire in affirmative and defensive asylum proceedings. Molly is also representing a client pro bono in a child custody dispute.
“Molly is a fierce and passionate advocate for her clients. She sets an incredible example for both younger and more senior lawyers at Schiff Hardin,” said Gabriel M. Rodriguez, leader of the firm’s Environmental Group and a member of the NIJC Leadership Board. “I can’t imagine a more deserving recipient of this award.”
NIJC provides direct legal services to and advocates for all immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers through policy reform, impact litigation, and public education. Thanks to the support of hundreds of pro bono attorneys from the nation's leading law firms, NIJC provides legal services to more than 10,000 individuals each year and maintains a success rate of 90 percent in obtaining asylum for those fleeing persecution in their home countries.