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Alumna Honored with Thomas H. Morsch Public Service Award

August 15, 2007

Ann Hilton FisherAnn Hilton Fisher, a 1977 alumna of Wayne State University Law School and Executive Director of the AIDS Legal Council of Chicago (ALCC), was recently honored with the prestigious Thomas H. Morsch Public Service Award presented by The Chicago Bar Foundation.

“Wayne State University Law School congratulates Ann on her achievement,” said Law School Dean Frank H. Wu. “Ann is an inspiration to us all, utilizing her extensive knowledge and expertise in public interest law to positively change the lives of people in her community.”

The award, which includes a $10,000 cash prize, was established to recognize and reward exemplary lawyers who choose public service work as a career. The award is named after Thomas H. Morsch, of Counsel (and former partner) at the firm of Sidley Austin and a leader in the Chicago legal community who has championed the cause of public interest law for more than 40 years.

Hilton Fisher earned her J.D. from Wayne State University in 1977 and has served as the Executive Director of the ALCC for 10 years. According to the Chicago Bar Foundation Web site, in her time with the ALCC, the agency has grown from 7 staff members to 12, became the state’s largest training resource on HIV and the law, doubled its annual budget and transformed the ALCC into one of the most respected agencies in both the legal aid and HIV/AIDS service communities. 

Founded in 1927 as Detroit City Law School, Wayne State University Law School is the only public law school in the Detroit metropolitan area.  The Law School is accredited by the ABA and is a member of AALS; has five live-client clinics; the Arthur Neef Law Library with a collection of over 620,000 volumes in a variety of formats; and a state-of-the-art building with lecture and court facilities, multi-media and distance learning classrooms, and offices for student groups.  The Law School currently has 800 students and approximately 11,000 living alumni working in 48 states and 15 foreign countries.