February 4, 2015

Robert K. Neiman, a principal in the Health Care Law practice, and Paul Austin, Director of Information Services, received the 2014 David T. Brown Community Service Award. Established in recognition of firm Chairman David T. Brown’s commitment to philanthropy, the annual award honors one attorney and one staff member for their personal dedication to the community. The award includes a $2,500 to each recipient’s charitable organization of choice.

Neiman was honored for spearheading the firm’s involvement with Lawyers in the Classroom, a joint program of the Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago and the Chicago Public Schools. The program places attorney volunteers in elementary and middle school classrooms to help students better understand the U.S. Constitution and the American legal system.

In a column for Chicago Lawyer magazine, Managing Partner Mitchell Roth quoted Neiman regarding his passion for the program, “Their [students’] eyes light up when a concept becomes clear and real to them. It makes them think, ‘What would happen if I were in that situation? What does the Constitution say about what’s right and fair?’”

Austin was recognized for his fundraising efforts for the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Due to his own child’s successful battle against leukemia, Austin has challenged firm attorneys and staff for the past five years to help sponsor a child’s wish. Raising the stakes every year, in 2014 he challenged the firm to raise $6,000 and promised that the individual who contributed the most to the campaign could select a color for Austin to dye his hair. After the firm raised more than $13,000, Austin stayed true to his word and dyed his hair blue.

Austin’s local paper, The New Lenox Patriot, covered his and the firm’s efforts in an April 2014 article, including a quote from David Brown: “[Paul’s] cause touches the hearts of the people here at the firm.”