ITLA AND THE TRIAL LAWYER NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY CELEBRATE THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE LEONARD M. RING LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD.
The Illinois Trial Lawyers Association’s (ITLA) prestigious Leonard M. Ring Lifetime Achievement Award celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2019. Recipients of this award have dedicated their life and practice to ITLA while upholding the same values and work ethic as Leonard Ring. In an effort to keep the memory of Leonard Ring alive, the recipient will receive a print of his portrait.
This comes after discussions between ITLA’s President-Elect Antonio M. Romanucci, founding partner of Romanucci & Blandin, and Trevor Goring, cofounder and Executive Director of The Trial Lawyer National Gallery (TLNPG). This collaboration falls right into the gallery’s mission to document and celebrate the visual narrative of champions of justice of the Trial Lawyer community. The gallery has generously donated a print of Leonard M. Ring’s portrait to this year’s award recipient and another print to hang in the ITLA office in Springfield, Illinois. Goring, who will be present at the ITLA annual meeting and dinner on June 7, 2019, explains that the gallery will continue to present this portrait on an annual basis.
The new portrait complements the TLNPG’s collection of Illinois luminaries which includes, Clarence Darrow, Philip Corboy, James Montgomery and President Abraham Lincoln. Over the years TLNPG has donated hundreds of works of art to raise money for The Center for Public Justice, The Civil Justice Foundation, The National Crime Victim Bar Association, Robert F Kennedy Human Rights and many other different legal organizations.
He explains that the TLNPG continues this tradition of donating work to raise funds and support to keep the story alive and to educate others about the work the trial lawyer community has done.
Where ITLA has lead the way, other states’ associations are following suit says Goring; “there is real interest in commemorating founding members in portraiture and an appreciation that you can immortalize your professional heroes in art.”