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The Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE) honored partner Paula M. Ketcham and associate Shawna Boothe with its 2016 Pro Bono Superstars award. CAASE presented the award at its second annual Pro Bono Superstars event on September 22, 2016.
Paula and Shawna were recognized for their precedent-setting work on behalf of a survivor of sexual assault and stalking. They persuaded an Illinois appellate court that college students who report sexual assaults to campus security cannot then be sued for defamation. The decision was a sweeping victory for college students who are victims of sexual violence, and makes Illinois only the second state to recognize an absolute privilege for reports of sexual assault to campus security.