Judge Burke Honored with Service Award by IBF - ADR Systems

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Hon. Dennis J. Burke, (Ret.), senior mediator and arbitrator at ADR Systems, will receive the Distinguished Service to Law and Society Award from the Illinois Bar Foundation (IBF).

“It’s an honor to receive this award,” Judge Burke said. “When you work hard in a profession, it’s a great feeling to be recognized for all the energy and effort that goes into it.”

Judge Burke is receiving the award alongside Ruth Ann Schmitt, former executive director of the Lawyers Trust Fund of Illinois, and Richard R. Winter, partner at Holland & Knight, LLP, who will be receiving the Honorary Fellow Award.

Judge Burke was selected for his volunteer work and contributions to the legal field. He served two terms as president of the IBF, during which he increased assets to $2 million, instituted the IBF’s largest annual gala fundraiser and collaborated with the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC) to raise funds for the Lawyers Assistance Program.

“I have been active in the organization for over 20 years and it has given me the opportunity to participate in some great volunteer work and provide legal services to the community,” he said. “The Illinois Bar Foundation helps lawyers in need, donates money to legal clinics and does pro-bono work.”

An award ceremony will take place at the 2018 Fellows Breakfast in conjunction with the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) midyear meeting on Friday, December 7th. The ceremony will run from 7:30am – 9:00am at the University Club of Chicago at 76 East Monroe Street.

Judge Burke has expertise in both commercial and personal injury matters. Following a 23-year legal career, he spent 15 years in the Cook County Circuit Court Law Division. An early advocate of alternative dispute resolution, Judge Burke created a program to mediate complicated discovery disputes – a program that is still used in the Circuit Court today. Judge Burke is well known for his keen ability to build trusting relationships with all parties.

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