Thomas Geraghty Receives Walter J. Cummings Award from Federal Bar Association

March 31, 2016

Kennelly and Geraghty
Chapter President Judge Matthew Kennelly presents Thomas Geraghty with the Walter J. Cummings Award.

Thomas Geraghty (JD ’69), Class of 1967 James B. Haddad Professor of Law and director of the Bluhm Legal Clinic, received the Walter J. Cummings Award for distinguished pro bono service from the Federal Bar Association’s Chicago Chapter at its Sixth Annual James B. Moran Membership Appreciation Event.

The Chicago Chapter presents this award annually to an attorney for excellence in pro bono service. This year, the recipient was nominated by the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The award is given in the name of longtime chapter board member and judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, the late Walter J. Cummings, and was awarded to Geraghty for his work on the Jason Strong exoneration.

Chief Judge Ruben Castillo (JD ’79) of the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, also an adjunct at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, also spoke at the event. With Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Cole, he led a discussion on the 1960 film Inherit the Wind.