(PRWEB) January 25, 2014
The John Marshall Law School in Chicago is proud to announce it has been chosen as one of Illinois’ outstanding employers for 2013-2014 by the Illinois Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Awards Committee.
It is because of the strong support John Marshall has given to those employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve that the law school was honored by the Illinois ESGR Annual Employer Awards Banquet in Springfield Jan. 24, 2014. This is the second award John Marshall has received this year from the Illinois ESGR, after Assistant Dean Jodie Needham was awarded the Patriot Award this past fall.
The Patriot Award recognizes supervisors and bosses who show support for a Guardsman or Reservist employee. Needham was nominated by Daniel Lacy, a Reservist, who serves as the assistant director for the Academic Achievement Program at John Marshall. Lacy first heard about the Illinois ESGR when he was in basic training.
“I nominated Jodie because she was in constant contact with me and she even checked in on my wife while I was away this past year,” Lacy said. “Even when I got back, Jodie never had any problems with me having to take a day off for medical work, or because I was on duty, and she always made sure there was someone to replace me without penalty when I was gone.”
It was because of Lacy’s first nomination of his supervisor that the Illinois ESGR looked at John Marshall as a possible nominee for a second award given to employers and organizations as a whole. John Marshall was eventually selected to be a recipient of its own award for the 2013-2014 year.
John Marshall has a longstanding tradition of honoring and working with servicemembers through its Veterans Legal Support Center & Clinic (VLSC). In 2006, three John Marshall law students recognized that many veterans were having trouble navigating the Veterans Benefits Administration claims process and were inspired to provide legal assistant to such veterans.
Now in its eighth year, the VLSC has a new home on the John Marshall campus in downtown Chicago. The space is specifically designed to accommodate veterans and those who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. The VLSC serves our nation’s veterans by providing free legal services and resources, including assistance with health care and mental health benefits, family law issues, housing matters, and employment and education issues.
For more information on the Veterans Legal Support Center & Clinic please visit http://www.jmls.edu/veterans/