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The law firm of Mathis, Marifian & Richter, Ltd. (MM&R), is honored to share that the firm has been named by the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) the recipient of the 2022-2023 John C. McAndrews Pro Bono Service Award in the law firm category.

According to the ISBA, the John C. McAndrews Award was introduced “to honor the extraordinary commitment of individuals, bar associations, or law firm/corporate legal departments for providing free legal services to the income eligible in Illinois or expanding the availability of legal services to the income eligible in Illinois.”

Rock Island attorney John C. McAndrews’ pro bono efforts began as early as the 1970s when he developed and directed the Legal Aid Services of Rock Island County. McAndrews also served as chair of the ISBA Committee on Delivery of Legal Services. According to the ISBA, while on the committee, McAndrews was an integral force pushing for the establishment of the Illinois Pro Bono Center after a study revealed that “about a million unresolved civil matters involving low-income residents were unmet each year.”

“Mathis, Marifian & Richter, Ltd. is humbled to receive the John C. McAndrews Pro Bono Service Award. As a firm, we realize the importance of giving back and helping those less fortunate in our communities. My parents worked very hard to provide for me and my siblings and to give us every opportunity. As a result, I feel that it is important to pay it forward and help others in every opportunity possible. The pro bono clients that we serve are so appreciative and enable us to really make a difference,” Deanna L. Litzenburg, Vice President and Shareholder of Mathis, Marifian & Richter, Ltd.

Photo Caption: (From Left to Right): Chad Richter, Shareholder at MM&R; Sonni Choi Williams, ISBA First Vice President; Deanna Litzenburg, Shareholder at MM&R; and Shawn Kasserman, ISBA President