January 28, 2016

Much Shelist recently announced that Steven Stender, a Principal in the Real Estate Law practice group, and Christine Ceja, a litigation paralegal, received the 2015 David T. Brown Community Service Award. Established in recognition of the firm chairman’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 monetary donation to each recipient’s charitable organization of choice.

Stender was honored for his work with Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE). He and his family have worked closely with this organization over the last 10 years to raise more than $1 million in grants for research on treatments and cures. Stender is also an active member of the Board of the Jewish National Fund and a mentor with the Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Ceja was recognized for her involvement with the Dup15q Alliance which promotes research and treatment for a rare genetic syndrome. The Alliance supports children and adults with the syndrome who face autism, seizures and cognitive delays as a result of the condition. Ceja is also active in her local community, where she chairs the Naperville Area Humane Society Holiday Fundraiser and is a member of the Ladies Auxiliary for Knights of Columbus.

“We are excited to recognize Steve and Christine’s commitment to the greater Chicago community,” said Brown. “They exemplify our firm’s dedication to service by demonstrating what it means to be a good global citizen. We are inspired by their advocacy and fundraising and are proud to call them colleagues.”