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This program is supported by a grant from The Chicago Community Trust.


Just The Beginning Foundation

More Conference photos are available online: set #1, set #2

From September 20-23, 2012, JTBF celebrated our Twentieth Anniversary in our hometown of Chicago with our scholars, friends, partners, sponsors, and outstanding Conference Co-Chairs:

Lyle Logan: SVP and Managing Director of Private Banking, Northern Trust Bank, Patti Bobb: Principal, Patricia C. Bobb & Associates, Alfreda Bradley-Coar: Senior Vice President and General Counsel, GE Healthcare Americas, Maria Green: General Counsel, Illinois Tool Works, Brett J. Hart: General Counsel, United Airlines, Curtis Mack: Partner, McGuireWoods LLP, Ron Safer: Managing Partner, Schiff Hardin LLP, and and Dan Webb: Partner and Chairman, Winston & Strawn LLP.

As part of our celebration, JTBF honored the Hon. George Leighton (Ret.), Elaine Jones of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and the late Jerold S. Solovy of Jenner & Block LLP, awarding them with Trailblazer Awards, and President Jimmy Carter with our Trailblazer Legend Award.

The Conference brought hundreds of students, attorneys, judges, and other members of the JTBF family together to reach back and lift up, and we are so thankful for the generous support of our 2012 Conference sponsors: