Winner of the 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, 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.