2018 Champions of Justice honorees are Jack Girardi and Debra E. Pole

The Loyola Law School Civil Justice Program is proud to announce its 2018 Champions of Justice honorees: Jack Girardi; Girardi | Keese; and Debra E. Pole, Sidley Austin LLP. 

Each year, Loyola's Civil Justice Program honors two individuals whose distinguished legal careers are marked by professional excellence, technical proficiency and uncompromising integrity. With lifetimes of service, striving to hold those accountable who are responsible, they inspire us to imagine a more perfect system of justice. They are defenders of the Constitution, guardians of our liberty, advocates of just causes (no matter how unpopular), protectors of the powerless and wise counselors in our society. They are public servants, unafraid of controversial cases. These are attorneys of undisputed stature. They are, in the broadest sense of the words, Champions of Justice. 

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Michael Koskoff – Trial Lawyer & Screenwriter

Michael Koskoff, Academy Fellow, wrote the screenplay for "Marshall" along with his son, Jacob. 

The critically acclaimed "Marshall," an Academy Award Nominee, received this year’s Silver Gavel Award, the American Bar Association's highest honor in recognition of media and the arts. The ABA also lists it as one of the best legal movies of all time.