July 17, 2018

Chicago lawyer Tina M. Tchen to receive ABA Margaret Brent Award

CHICAGO, July 17, 2018 – Tina M. Tchen, a partner at Buckley Sandler in Chicago, is a recipient of the American Bar Association’s 2018 Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award.

Tchen will receive the award, given annually by the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, on Sunday, Aug. 5, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago during the ABA Annual Meeting. In addition to Tchen, the 2018 award recipients include Eileen Letts, Judge Consuelo B. Marshall, Cynthia E. Nance and Patricia Gillette.

“We are honored to recognize this spectacular group of women,” said Stephanie Scharf, chair of the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession. “We applaud their achievements, knowing that their efforts will inspire a new generation of women lawyers.” Previous honorees include U.S. Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Born in Columbus, Ohio, Tchen earned her bachelor’s degree at Harvard University in 1978 and her J.D.  at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law in 1984.

Tchen has successfully argued before the United States Supreme Court on behalf of the state of Illinois and has handled complex civil litigation and enforcement matters both in state and federal courts in Illinois and across the country.

Prior to joining Buckley Sandler in 2017, Tchen served as an assistant to President Barack Obama, executive director of the White House Council on Women and Girls, and chief of staff to former First Lady Michelle Obama. She is a leader of Buckley Sandler’s Workplace Cultural Compliance Practice and guides companies in approaching cultural compliance issues.

The ABA Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award, established in 1991, honors outstanding women lawyers who have achieved professional excellence in their area of specialty and have actively paved the way to success for others. The award is named for Margaret Brent, the first woman lawyer in America.  Brent arrived in the colonies in 1638, and was involved in 124 court cases in more than eight years, winning every case.

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