C.F. Stradford Award

Each year, State’s Attorney Foxx presents the C.F. Stradford Awards in observance of African-American History Month. This award honors judges, lawyers, and community leaders who best represent the values exemplified through the work of attorney Cornelius Francis Stradford. Throughout his career, Mr. Stradford demonstrated an unrelenting commitment to social justice and dedication to opening doors and removing barriers for future African-American lawyers. Among his many achievements, Mr. Stradford was a trailblazing civil rights attorney and argued the landmark case of Hansberry et al. v. Lee before the United States Supreme Court. He also co-founded both the Cook County Bar Association and the National Bar Association, leading to more diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.

Candidates for the C.F. Stradford Awards must be Cook County residents and are considered using the following criteria:

  • Leadership, honor, and integrity
  • Community involvement and activism
  • Volunteer/ Pro-Bono work
  • Youth involvement and/or mentorship programs
To nominate a Cook County community member for consideration, please send the following information in a single email to tasha.williams@cookcountyil.gov. The subject line of your email should be “C.F. Stradford Award Nominee.” Nomination materials should include:
  1. The Nomination Form (download; PDF)
  2. The nominee’s professional biography 
  3. A nomination letter detailing why the nominee is deserving of the C.F. Stradford Award

 

Past Stradford Award Recipients

2018 — see photos from the 2018 ceremony on Facebook here
Tamar Manasseh, Mothers Against Senseless Killing
Freddrenna M. Lyle, Cook County Circuit Court

2017 — see photos from the 2017 ceremony on Facebook here
The Honorable P. Scott Neville, Jr. 
Dr. Ozzie Smith III, D. D. S.

2016
Honorable Arthur F. Hill, Jr. — Associate Judge & Supervising Judge, Criminal Division, Circuit Court of Cook County
Rev. Gloria Randolph — Founder & Executive Director, Giving God the Glory Ministries
 
2015
Honorable Marjorie C. Laws — Presiding Judge, Circuit Court of Cook County, Municipal Department, District 6
Rev. Dr. Marcenia Richards — Executive Director, Fierce Women of Faith
 
2014
Stephen Mitchell — President, Stephen Mitchell Law Group, P.C.
Torrey L. Barrett — Executive Director, K.L.E.O. Community Family Life Center
 
2013
Honorable Lewis Michael Nixon — Supervising Judge, Mortgage Foreclosure & Mechanics Lien Section of the Chancery Division, Circuit Court of Cook County
Melody Spann-Cooper — Chairman, Midway Broadcasting, President, WVON Radio
 
2012
Honorable Judge Michael Brown — Circuit Court of Cook County, Criminal Division
Reverend Willie T. Barrow — Chairman, Emeritus, Rainbow PUSH Coalition
 
2011
Honorable Judge Marcus R. Salone — Justice of the Appellate Court of Illinois
Andrea L. Zopp — President and CEO, Chicago Urban League
 
2010
Honorable Justice Bertina E. Lampkin — Justice of the Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, 1st Division
Honorable Sharon Johnson Coleman — Justice of the Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, 2nd Division
 
2009
Honorable Eugene Pincham  The Illinois Appellate Court (Posthumously)
Attorney Vincent F. Cornelius — President, Illinois Bar Foundation
 

2008
The Honorable Reginald H. Baker
Attorney Victor P. Henderson

2007
The Honorable Patricia Martin Bishop
Attorney Larry R. Rogers, Sr.

2006
The Honorable Curtis Heaston, Presiding Judge, Juvenile Justice Division
The Honorable Justice Shelvin Louise-Marie Hall, The Illinois Appellate Court

2005
The Honorable John O. Steele, President of the Illinois Judges Association
Professor Patricia Mell, Dean, John Marshall Law School

2004
The Honorable Marianne Jackson, Associate Judge, Juvenile Justice Division
The Honorable Michael Stuttley, Associate Judge, Juvenile Justice Division

2003
The Honorable Blanche Manning, U.S. District Court Judge
Attorney James D. Montgomery, The Cochran Law Firm

2002
The Honorable Timothy C. Evans, Chief Judge, Circuit Court of Cook County

2001
The Honorable William Cousins, Jr., U.S. District Court Judge
The Honorable John W. Rogers, Sr., retired

2000
The Honorable Ellis E. Reid, Circuit Court of Cook County

1999
The Honorable Earl Strayhorn, retired
Carol Mosely-Braun, former U.S. Senator

1998
Jewel Stradford-LaFontant, former U.S. Deputy Solicitor General (Posthumously)

1997
The Honorable John H. Stroger, Jr., President,
Cook County Board of Commissioners

1996
The Honorable Charles E. Freeman, Illinois Supreme Court

1995
Cecil A. Partee, former Cook County State's Attorney (Posthumously)

1994
The Honorable Ann Clair Williams, U.S. District Court

1993
Randolph Stone, former Cook County Public Defender

1992
Earl Neal, former Cook County assistant public defender