2018 Annual Scholarship Reception

November 2, 2018
11:30 AM to 1:30 PM

The Metropolitan Club
Willis Tower, 67th Floor
233 South Wacker Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60606

Ann Claire Williams is a retired United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and a former United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. She is currently Of Counsel at Jones Day where she leads the law firm’s efforts in advancing the rule of law in Africa, and to their leading trial and appellate practices.

Each fall, we honor several Illinois women law students with a scholarship to recognize their high educational credentials, contributions to their communities and enthusiasm for a future career in law.  Esther Rothstein, who led the Foundation for many years, believed that the money raised should go to the students and thus started the long tradition of the “spaghetti lunch.”  Please join us each Fall, hear the remarkable stories of the students we honor, enjoy a great spaghetti luncheon and spend time with both new and old friends.

Please Join us for The Women’s Bar Foundation 2018 Scholarship Award Luncheon

The Women’s Bar Foundation was established 52 years ago with the purpose to provide scholarships to deserving and qualified women students in accredited Illinois law schools and to honor accomplished women lawyers and judges. This year, the Women’s Bar Foundation will be awarding scholarships to nine exceptional law students.

The Women’s Bar Foundation will pay tribute to:

Honorable Ann Claire Williams (Ret.) of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit for having demonstrated a visionary approach to her professional accomplishments, while freely giving back to other women and members of the legal profession, and making a contribution to the well-being and empowerment of women as a whole.

A limited number of individual tickets available for $90.00. Government/Student tickets are $55.00.


Platinum Sponsor: $10,000

The opportunity to choose a woman to be honored at the luncheon who has made an extraordinary accomplishment in the legal field, whether that woman is an employee, retiree or client, a scholarship presented to one of the winning students in your name, table for 10 at the luncheon, your name prominently displayed on all event advertisements, invitations and programs the main event sponsor, as well as, the opportunity to purchase an additional table of 10 for $750.

Gold Sponsor: $6,000

The opportunity to have a scholarship presented to one of the winning students in your name, recognition on all event advertisements, invitations, and the program, as well as, the opportunity to purchase an additional table of 10 for $750.

Silver Sponsor: $3,000

Table for 10 at the luncheon and recognition on all event advertisements, invitations, and the program.

Table Sponsor: $1,000

Table for 10 at the luncheon, recognition at the luncheon.

To sponsor a table please contact Terri Ahrens or Shelly A. DeRousse.

Terri Ahrens (847) 720-2887 or

Shelly A. DeRousse (312) 360-6315 or

RSVP and purchase individual tickets online

Download the WBF 2018 Scholarship Invitation here