Mary Heftel Hooton Award

In Judge Mary Heftel Hooton's memory, the WBAI established the Mary Heftel Hooton Award to honor judges who advance the cause of women lawyers. The WBAI honors these recipients for their exceptional leadership, professionalism, and efforts in advancing women in the law. Mary Heftel Hooton joined the Illinois Bar in 1943 and the Illinois Judiciary in 1976. An active member of the WBAI and its President in 1976-77, she created the Mary Heftel Hooton Fund through her bequest from which the WBAI obtained sufficient resources to purchase a permanent office site, which is still utilized today at the WBAI's current location of 321 South Plymouth Court.

2024 Recipients


Hon. Janet Adams Brosnahan (ret.)

March 6, 2024

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Hon. Maryam Ahmad

March 6, 2024

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Hon. Mary M. Rowland

March 6, 2024

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Hon. Sanjay T. Tailor

March 6, 2024

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Hon. Ann Claire Williams (ret.)

March 6, 2024

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Hon. James P. Flannery, Jr. (posthumous)

March 6, 2024

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2022 Recipients


Hon. Helaine L. Berger (ret.)

June 26, 2022

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Hon. Melissa A. Durkin

June 26, 2022

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Hon. Sara L. Ellis

June 26, 2022

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Hon. Rossana Patricia Fernandez

June 26, 2022

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Hon. Thomas V. Lyons II

June 26, 2022

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Hon. Erica Reddick

June 26, 2022

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Hon. William Yu

June 26, 2022

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2021 Recipients


Hon Jorge Alonso

March 5, 2021

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Hon. Mary Ellen Coghlan

March 5, 2021

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Hon. Anna Helen Demacopoulos

March 5, 2021

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Hon. Chris Lawler

March 5, 2022

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Hon. Rena Van Tine

March 5, 2021

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2020 Recipients


Hon. Edmond F. Chang

March 5, 2020


Hon. Megan Goldfish

March 5, 2020


Hon. Sophia H. Hall

March 5, 2020


Hon. Marguerite Quinn

March 5, 2020


2019 Recipients


Hon. Joy V. Cunningham

March 7, 2019


Hon. Russell Hartigan (ret.)

March 7, 2019


Hon. Lloyd A. Karmeier

March 7, 2019


Hon. Ilana D. Rovner

March 7, 2019


2018 Recipients


Hon. Virginia M. Kendall

March 1, 2018


Justice Terrence J. Lavin

March 1, 2018


Hon. Clare Elizabeth McWilliams

March 1, 2018


2017 Recipient


Hon. Sharon Johnson Coleman

March 1, 2017


2016 Recipients


Hon. Ruben Castillo

March 2, 2016


Hon. Grace G. Dickler

March 2, 2016


Hon. E. Kenneth Wright Jr.

March 2, 2016


Hon. Patrice Ball-Reed

March 2, 2016


2015 Recipients


Hon. Elizabeth Budzinski

March 4, 2015


Hon. Laura Liu

March 4, 2015


Hon. Amy St. Eve

March 4, 2015


2013 Recipients


Hon. Susan E. Cox

June 6, 2013


Hon. Jesse G. Reyes

June 6, 2013


2012 Recipients


Hon. Rebecca B. Pallmeyer

March 1, 2012


Hon. Debra B. Walker

March 1, 2012


2011 Recipients


Hon. Charles P. Kocoras

March 3, 2011


Hon. Rita M. Novak

March 3, 2011


2010 Recipients


Hon. Timothy C. Evans

March 11, 2010


Hon. LaQuietta Hardy-Campbell

March 11, 2010


2009 Recipients


Hon. Jennifer Duncan-Brice

March 5, 2009


Hon. Thomas Fitzgerald

March 5, 2009


2008 Recipients


Hon. James F. Holderman

June 6, 2008


Hon. Diane J. Larsen

June 6, 2008


2006 Recipients


Hon. Edward Burr

June 15, 2006


Hon. Joan H. Lefkow

June 15, 2006


2005 Recipients


Hon. Sheila O'Brien

March 23, 2005


Hon. Jane Louise Stuart

March 23, 2005


Hon. Hollis L. Webster

March 23, 2005


2004 Recipients


Hon. Shelvin Louise Marie Hall

April 22, 2004


Hon. Dorothy Kirie Kinnaird

April 22, 2004


2003 Recipients


Hon. Patricia Martin Bishop

April 24, 2003


Hon. Lynn Egan

April 24, 2003


Hon. Bonnie Wheaton

April 24, 2003


Hon. Odas Nicholson

April 24, 2003


2002 Recipients


Hon. Henry Budzinski

June 5, 2002


Hon. Bertina Lampkin

June 5, 2002


Hon. Julia Nowicki

June 5, 2002


2001 Recipient


Hon. Rita B. Garman

April 19, 2001


2000 Recipients


Hon. Sophia H. Hall

April 13, 2000


Hon. Margaret Stanton McBride

April 13, 2000


1999 Recipients


Hon. Peggy Frossard

April 22, 1999


Hon. Diane Wood

April 22, 1999


1998 Recipients


Judge Nancy Sidote Salyers

1998


Judge Mary Jane Theis

1998


1997 Recipients


Judge Jacqueline P. Cox

1997