September 12, 2016 — The Midwest Region of American Friends of The Hebrew University (AFHU) announced today it will honor David Hoffman, a prominent member of Chicago’s legal community, on September 28, 2016 during the Jerold S. Solovy Torch of Learning Award dinner. Mr. Hoffman will receive the prestigious namesake award honoring the late Mr. Solovy.

The Jerold S. Solovy Torch of Learning Award is conferred upon outstanding members of the legal profession who have a longstanding record of leadership, scholarship, and philanthropic engagement. The Midwest Region of AFHU named this award after Mr. Solovy, in recognition of his many contributions to humanity and to Israel’s well-being throughout his illustrious career in law. The late Mr. Solovy, chairman emeritus of Jenner & Block LLP, was one of the preeminent appellate and trial lawyers in the U.S. and was regularly cited by The National Law Journal as one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America. Mr. Hoffman will receive the award from Mrs. Kathleen Solovy, Jerold’s widow.

“David Hoffman has had a lasting local and national impact over the course of his prestigious law career,” said James Matanky, president of AFHU’s Midwest Region Board of Directors. “He has been a generous supporter of our efforts on behalf of The Hebrew University in Chicago’s legal community.”

Mr. Hoffman is partner at the Chicago-based law firm Sidley Austin, where he is co-head of the White Collar group. An experienced trial and appellate lawyer who began his career as a Supreme Court clerk, Mr. Hoffman has tried 14 federal jury trials and acted as lead counsel in over 100 evidentiary hearings, as well as strengthened Chicago’s gang- and corruption-related law enforcement. Mr. Hoffman served as Inspector General for the City of Chicago from 2005 to 2009, and was credited with transforming the office’s anti-corruption agency into a strong and independent unit.

Prior to that role, Mr. Hoffman served as an assistant U.S. attorney in Chicago from 1998-2005, and was appointed Deputy Chief of the Narcotics and Gangs Section by U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald in 2002. As Deputy Chief of the newly created gang unit, Mr. Hoffman directed the office’s prosecution and investigation of gang leaders, led the office’s anti-gun violence initiative, and prosecuted police corruption cases. He also served as co-head of the office’s Project Safe Neighborhoods anti-gun-violence program, which helped reduce gun violence in some of Chicago’s most crime-plagued neighborhoods.

The dinner is chaired by Kathleen Solovy, 2014 honoree Scott Turow, Larry Barden, the Crown & Goodman Families, Anton R. Valukas, Dan K. Webb, Jeffrey E. Stone, Lee I. Miller with Newt N. Minow serving as honorary co-chair. It will be held at the Ritz-Carlton in Chicago, beginning at 5:30 PM.

Funds raised will benefit The Clinical Legal Education Center in the Faculty of Law of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The center integrates academic studies with practical work providing pro-bono legal services to people with disabilities, migrant workers, refugees and asylum seekers, members of the Arab community, youth at risk, ultra-Orthodox women members of the LGTB community and others.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Brad Sugar, Senior Development Executive for AFHU’s Midwest Region, at bsugar@afhu.org or at (312) 329-0332.