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The Legal Aid Society Board of Directors presents …

the Equal Access to Justice Award Luncheon

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2024

RPM Events
317 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60654


Heather J. Russell
Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer of TransUnion

Ms. Russell is an accomplished legal executive with more than 25 years of diverse experience across the global financial services and technology sectors. She is responsible for legal, risk, compliance, government and regulatory relations, corporate governance, consumer privacy and ESG functions for TransUnion and its subsidiaries around the world. Prior to joining the Company in 2018, Ms. Russell was a partner at the law firm of Buckley, LLP, where she led the firm’s Financial Institutions Regulation, Supervision and FinTech practices. Previously, she served as Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary at Fifth Third Bank. Prior to that, she served as Managing Director and Global Head of Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs at Bank of New York Mellon, and as Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Bank of America. She also spent eight years at Skadden in Washington, D.C. and London focused on financial services, corporate finance, and mergers and acquisitions.

Ms. Russell earned her B.A. from the College of William & Mary and her J.D. with honors from American University’s Washington College of Law, where she received the Outstanding Graduate Award. Ms. Russell serves on the board of directors of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the world’s largest business organization, representing the interests of over three million businesses and organizations. She is also on the boards of Illinois Legal Aid Online and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs where she chairs the board’s Nominating and Governance Committee.

Thank you to our Host Committee:

  • Angela Frye, Co-Chair
    Verizon Wireless
  • Mike Molzberger, Co-Chair
    ArentFox Schiff LLP
  • Amanda Amert
    Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
  • Cathy Birkeland
    Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Joe Centeno
    Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney
  • Linton Childs
    Sidley Austin LLP
  • Robert Cimo
    Berkeley Research Group
  • David Duffy
    Thompson Coburn
  • Ross Emmerman
    Loeb & Loeb
  • Zach Fardon
    King & Spalding
  • Ken Mathieu
    Berkeley Research Group

  • Rita Powers
    Greenberg Traurig LLP
  • Michelle Ramirez
    Sidley Austin LLP
  • Bob Regan
    AAR Corp (retired)
  • Chantal Kazay Rivera
    Discover Financial Services.
  • Michael Roche
    Winston & Strawn LLP
  • Kristofer Swanson
    Charles River Associates
  • Ethan Samson
    Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, Inc
  • Leslie Smith
    Kirkland & Ellis
  • Scott C. Solberg
    Eimer Stahl LLP
  • Samantha Southall
    Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney
  • Matthew Walch
    Latham & Watkins LLP

Hear from LAS staff about the impact that inspires them to work toward equal access to justice for all, regardless of ability to pay for quality legal representation:

“It’s huge to us because we know the faces behind those victories,” shares Catherine Longkumer, Managing Attorney of our Individual Rights and Social Justice Practice Group. “To have those moments where we can call up a client and say, your t-visa has been approved, your judgment status has been approved, we’re able to reunite you with your family, you’re going to get to see your kids again? That is what keeps us going and doing this work.”

To support this work and LAS’s transformational impact, make a contribution or get involved today.

LAS provides quality legal representation to victims of human trafficking and other crimes, including domestic violence, abused and exploited seniors or disabled adults, homeowners in foreclosure, tenants faced with unlawful eviction and victims of financial exploitation and consumer fraud. Today LAS impacts more than 20,000 people each year.
Visit www.laschicago.org to learn more