WINNER - 2017 SANDRA
P. ZEMM LABOR LAW PRIZE
The Institute for Law and the Workplace at Illinois Tech
Chicago-Kent College of Law is delighted to announce that
the Sandra P. Zemm Labor Law Prize for 2017 goes to Naomi
Bensdorf Frisch. The Sandra Zemm Prize is generously funded
by Ms. Zemm’s family, friends, and colleagues at Seyfarth
Shaw, to honor Ms. Zemm, who passed away in 2008.
Naomi’s “legal” resume embodies the “commitment to pursue
a career in labor and employment law,” which the Prize
was designed to reward.
During her time at Chicago-Kent, in addition to stellar
grades, a position on the law review, and a Student Editor
for the Employee Rights and Employment Policy Journal
and the Illinois Public Employee Relations Report, volunteer
work at the Self-Help Web Center pro-se help desk, Naomi
has pursued a range of labor and employment law related
activities. She has worked as a legal intern at the Chicago
Federation of Musicians, as a law clerk at two Chicago
firms, and presently serves as an ADR Intern at the EEOC.
This summer Naomi will be working in the Immigration and
Workers’ Rights Division at the Legal Assistance Foundation
in Chicago as a PILI intern, and she received an Equal
Justice America Fellowship to support her work there.
Naomi’s “pioneer spirit and willingness to take the initiative”
is exemplified by her “musical” resume, reflecting the
career she built over more than ten years as an oboe player,
including positions with many local orchestras and chamber
groups, teaching music, and serving as an Executive Board
Member of the Regional Orchestra Players’ Association,
which advocates for and provides bargaining education
to union musicians. Last, Naomi embodies the “gracious
and generous attitude” toward helping others that exemplified
Ms. Zemm. Naomi’s generous and cheerful help to others
includes her work with several student organizations,
including the Labor and Employment Law Society and the
Kent Justice Foundation, plus her community volunteer
work described above. And on a less organized note, Naomi
is always ready to work with and help fellow students.
Naomi truly does embody the spirit of Sandy Zemm, and
we are proud to name her as the 2017 Prize awardee.
LELS Executive Board
President - Nicolas Carrizales Coronado
Vice President Interior - Dylan Kosson
Vice President Exterior - Dion Beatty
Secretary - Jeremiah Shavers
Treasurer - Mark Reel
IT Director - Naomi Firsch