LSC Board Chairman to Receive Civic Leadership Award

March 24, 2011

March 24, 2011


Washington, DC—John G. Levi, Chairman of the Legal Services Corporation Board of Directors, will receive the inaugural Mikva Challenge Corporate Citizenship Award for civic leadership to improve the lives of Chicago youth.

Mr. Levi, a partner at Sidley Austin LLP in Chicago, has taken a leadership role in many organizations that improve the lives of the city’s youth, including the Chicago Child Care Society, the Francis W. Parker School, the Jane Addams Juvenile Court Foundation and the High Jump Program. He has overseen Sidley’s quarter-century adoption of a Chicago public school, the Kanoon Magnet School. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of Northwestern University Law School’s Center on Wrongful Convictions.

The Mikva Challenge, a nonpartisan nonprofit organization, seeks to develop the next generation of civic leaders by involving young people directly in public service and the democratic process. The organization was founded as a tribute to former White House counsel, federal judge, and member of Congress Abner Mikva and Zoe Mikva, a life-long education advocate.

In addition to Mr. Levi, former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar and Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker are being honored with the Mikva Challenge Public Service Award for exemplary civic leadership.

The award recipients will be honored at a dinner April 21 in Chicago.

Legal Services Corporation (LSC) is an independent nonprofit established by Congress in 1974 to provide financial support for civil legal aid to low-income Americans. The Corporation currently provides funding to 133 independent nonprofit legal aid programs in every state, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories.