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Thanhan (An) Nguyen Recognized by Chicago Volunteer Legal Services with Distinguished Service Award

Chicago, Ill. — Quarles & Brady LLP announced today that Thanhan (An) Nguyen, an associate working in the firm’s Chicago office, will receive the Distinguished Service Award for his outstanding pro bono contributions on behalf of Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (CVLS). CVLS is a pro bono civil legal aid provider in Chicago, whose mission is to coordinate, support, and promote the voluntary pro bono legal representation of the Chicago area's poor and working poor.

Nguyen will be recognized by CVLS for his longstanding volunteer work with the Chinatown Pro Bono Legal Clinic, where he has staffed more than 18 clinics. As a volunteer at these clinics, he provides counsel to low-income clients on topics such as contractual disputes, housing, bankruptcy, and consumer fraud. He will be officially recognized at the organization’s annual “Law & Disorder” comedy fundraiser on May 3 at Venue SIX10.

On receiving the award, An commented, “Finding ways to help those less fortunate than myself has always been important to me. I’m lucky to be able to use my skills and knowledge to give back to the community in this important way.”

According to Dawn R. Caldart, director of pro bono and professional development, Nguyen’s recognition is no surprise. “An is already known as a pro bono ‘super star’ here at Quarles & Brady, but the time he has devoted to CVLS is remarkable. He sacrifices his free time on Saturday mornings to come to the aid of others and the firm couldn’t be more proud,” she said.

He has been practicing law since 2015; he received his law degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Illinois in 2015, and earned his bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2011. While in law school, he worked in the Federal Civil Rights Clinic.