On the evening of February 25th, 2019, from 6:00 to 8:30 PM, the stars of the Justice Entrepreneurs Project, friends, family, and community partners will gather at Lagunitas Brewery to celebrate innovative practices, expanded access to legal services, and lawyering with panache at THE THIRD ANNUAL JEPY AWARDS. A suggested donation of $20 will reserve your spot at the event.

Nominees for six hotly contested and highly acclaimed JEPYs are listed and pictured (clockwise per category) below. Unlike other awards doled out this time of year, JEPY recipients bask in the glow of their honor for 3 years before becoming eligible for repeat nomination in a category. Past JEPY winners are also listed below. Belated congratulations to past recipients are welcomed.

Innovation in Legal Service Delivery

Innovation is at the heart of JEP network practices and necessary to meet the needs of the under served. This award is for the JEP network firm pushing the envelope — whether through predictable pricing, unbundled offerings, tech efficiencies, or community accessibility– to better serve the under served middle market for legal services.


You Don’t Know Until You Try

Doing things differently is risky. Sometimes, you take a chance and are rewarded for your bold decision, your trailblazing idea, your spectacular effort. Sometimes not. This award celebrates the resilience of pioneering practices and is for a courageous attempt that showed promise, but just didn’t pan out.

Branding All Star

Is it the logo? The tag line? The clothes? The hair??? This award will go to the JEPer who distinguishes him/herself in the marketplace with a distinct and memorable identity that resonates with potential clients before the JEPer says a word. Check out their websites to get a feel.



Pro Bono Champion

To the JEPer who has gone above and beyond in their service to the legal aid community and the clients unable to afford any legal help.

Spirit of the JEP

To the JEPer who most embodies the ideals and aspirations of the JEP, its Alumni, Advisory Board, Partners, and Participants. This lawyer’s association with the program makes us all proud to be a part of it!

Best Lawyer in a Limited Scope Role

Offering unbundled, a la carte services is one way JEPers make their help affordable to middle income clients. This award recognizes the JEPer doing an outstanding job of offering limited scope options to her/his clients.

  • Jason Shimotake – performance of services in consumer debt matters
  • Sonny Thatch – performance of services in family law matters
  • Lauren Cichowski -performance of transactional services in small businesses nonprofit matters
  • Darren Perconte
    performance of services in administrative hearing settings
  • Alyease Jones
    performance of services in family law matters
  • Roya Samarghandi
    performance of services in family law matters

Donate now to reserve your spot!

Ballots were circulated to JEP network attorneys and JEPY attendees two weeks before the JEPYs. A ticket to the JEPYs gets you a TACO DINNER from Brighton Park’s own Paco’s Tacos, great company, and access to delicious Lagunitas brews. All proceeds from beer sales and donations below benefit The Chicago Bar Foundation Justice Entrepreneurs Project. Lagunitas is located at 2607 West 17th Street in Chicago. Want to donate at the door, or join us without a donation? Let us know here.