CHICAGO – April 27, 2012 – Steven M. Elrod, the executive partner of Holland & Knight's Chicago office, has been reelected chairman of the board of directors of the Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago (CRFC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing law-related and civic education to elementary and high school students. The 50-member board is composed of managing partners of the city's largest law firms, law school deans and professors, Seventh Circuit and Federal District Court judges, and lawyers and educators from Chicago and the suburbs.
“I am honored to have been selected to serve as chairman for a second term," said Mr. Elrod. “It is truly rewarding to be involved with a group committed to educating young citizens from diverse backgrounds about the American legal and political system. However, more enjoyable than leading the prestigious board of directors is actually participating in the civics programs that we create for the students."
Mr. Elrod has served on the CRFC board of directors since he was an associate at the former law firm Ross & Hardies nearly 30 years ago. He was elected to his first two-year term as chairman in 2010. In his second term, he will continue to support the organization in its efforts to work with elementary and secondary schools to develop critical thinking skills, civic participation and commitment to the rule of law among young people through creative and interactive methods, such as mock trials and role plays in the classroom. He will also focus the organization on expanding its funding and revenue sources.
"Steve Elrod's leadership as chairman of the board of the Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago has been focused, collegial and very effective. The board is gratified that he has agreed to continue to guide us through these challenging economic times," said Bernard Judge, board member and past chairman of CRFC.
At Holland & Knight, Mr. Elrod is the chairman of the firm's National Land Use and Government Team, and served on Holland & Knight's directors committee for two consecutive terms. He represents private and public sector clients on a broad range of land use, zoning, real estate and entitlement matters. Additionally, he serves as vice chairman of the Urban Land Institute's Public/Private Partnership Council and sits on the board of managers of the Chicago Bar Association. A graduate of Northwestern University School of Law, he continues to be involved with the school, teaching state and local government law as an adjunct professor.
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