The creation of the multi-year, Goldberg Kohn Foundation & Fred Cohen Fellowship was announced at The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law's 2016 benefit held June 14, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago. The Shriver Center provides national leadership in advancing laws and policies that secure justice to improve the lives and opportunities of people living in poverty. Goldberg Kohn is a long-time supporter of the Shriver Center.
In a moving tribute, The Shriver Center's executive director John Bouman announced the creation of the Fellowship. He described the Fellowship as the Goldberg Kohn Foundation's contribution to continuing the legacy of Fred Cohen, a former Shriver Board Chair and Principal at Goldberg Kohn. Fred passionately represented the Shriver Center on a pro bono basis and worked tirelessly to litigate a case that made access to health care a reality for all children living in poverty in Illinois.
More than 500 people attended the benefit, including Christopher Kennedy, Sargent Shriver's nephew and a long-time benefactor of the Center, numerous local politicians, Chicago media personalities such as Richard Steele, and a who's who of Chicago attorneys, including Goldberg Kohn's Fred Klein, Randy Klein, Bill Meyers and David Chizewer. Fred Cohen's wife, Dana Cohen, and his mother, Marva, were also in attendance.
The honorees were John Levi, partner at Sidley Austin and Chairman of the Legal Services Corporation's Board of Directors, and Martha Minow, Dean of Harvard Law School and Vice Chair of LSC's Board of Directors.