Winner of the 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.