Tracy D. Douglas, staff attorney, Illinois Governor’s Office of Executive Appointments in Springfield, will receive a Young Lawyer of the Year Award from the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) at the organization’s 138th Annual Meeting on Friday, June 20, at the Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva, Wis.
Each year, the ISBA selects two outstanding young lawyers for the award – one from Cook County and the other from outside Cook.
Since Douglas was appointed to her position, she has been recognized for having made great strides in filling vacancies and on state boards, commissions and public guardianships for disabled adults. But her volunteer activities really set her apart.
As an ISBA member, she serves on a section council and committee, and works on their newsletter and legislation subcommittees. In the local community, she is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and is active on three local committees. She was a volunteer for Credit Abuse Resistance Education, a project of the Kentucky Bar Foundation, and while in law school, volunteered in the Human Rights Clinic at the University of Illinois College of Law.
“The citizens of Illinois have benefited greatly from Tracy Douglas’ work both in the State Capitol and in the community,” Illinois Governor Pat Quinn said. “She has set an example for everyone entering the legal profession, and she is guided by the advice another Illinois attorney, Abraham Lincoln, gave to young lawyers: ‘Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed, is more important than any other one thing.’”
Her two nominators praised Douglas’ “outstanding professionalism, passion and commitment to service” and wrote that she “truly exemplifies the commitment and competence required of a young lawyer.”
The 32,000-member ISBA (isba.org), with offices in Springfield and Chicago, provides professional services to Illinois lawyers, and education and services to the public through a website (illinoislawyerfinder.com), consumer brochures, and distribution of legal information.