- 2016 SANDRA P. ZEMM LABOR LAW PRIZE
Sandra P. Zemm was a partner in the Labor and Employment
Department at Seyfarth Shaw's Chicago office. Ms. Zemm
passed away in 2008 after a long battle with cancer. Her
family, friends, and colleagues created the Sandra Zemm
Prize to honor her.
The Sandra P. Zemm Prize in Labor and Employment Law
is awarded annually to a graduating student in Chicago-Kent's
Labor/Employment Law program who embodies Ms. Zemm's "commitment
to a career in labor and employment law, pioneer spirit
and willingness to take the initiative, and gracious and
generous attitude toward helping those in need."
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law's Institute for Law and
the Workplace is pleased to announce that the Sandra Zemm
Prize in Labor and Employment Law is awarded for 2016
to Holly Pope.
Ms. Pope aptly embodies the qualities that led Ms. Zemm's
family, friends, and colleagues at Seyfarth Shaw to establish
the annual prize in her honor - "a commitment to
pursue a career in labor and employment law, a pioneer
spirit and willingness to take the initiative, and a gracious
and generous attitude toward helping those in need."
Ms. Pope has made the most of her time at Chicago-Kent
- she has externed at both the Illinois Human Rights Commission
and the EEOC's Alternative Dispute Resolution Unit, and
has worked in Chicago-Kent's Employment Law Clinic and
with the Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under
Law. In addition, she has given generously of her time
to help her fellow students at Chicago-Kent, including
serving as a co-chair of the 2015 Kent Justice Foundation
Auction, which raises thousands of dollars each year to
provide stipends to students who accept otherwise unpaid
public interest positions in the summer. Holly has maintained
an impressive academic record in addition to all the other
things she does, and will receive both a Public Interest
Certificate and a Labor and Employment Law Certificate
upon her graduation in May. And as her nominator said
"[Holly] seeks out people from all walks of life
and shows them genuine kindness and compassion."
Prior to coming to Chicago-Kent, Ms. Pope earned a B.A.,
magna cum laude, from the University of Washington, and
also worked in restaurant management.
As in past years, the faculty of the Institute for Law
and the Workplace are impressed with the achievements
and generosity of so many of our graduating students.
It has been a privilege to work with you all
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