September 22, 2010
William Von Hoene Receives 2010 Social Justice Award
The Arthur Goldberg Social Justice Award was presented to the Exelon executive in Chicago at JCUA's annual Jurisprudence Dinner.
CHICAGO - William A. Von Hoene, Jr., executive vice president, finance and legal, at Exelon Corporation, is the 2010 recipient of the Arthur Goldberg Social Justice Award, presented in Chicago Sept. 20 by the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs.
The award was presented at JCUA's annual Jurisprudence Dinner, co-chaired by such prominent Chicago lawyers such as Jerold S. Solovy, Jenner & Block; Lee I. Miller, DLA Piper; Frank M. Clark, Commonwealth Edison Company; Anton R. Valukas, Jenner & Block (2009 recipient of the Goldberg award); and David F. Graham, Sidley Austin LLP.
Von Hoene leads finance, legal, communications and public affairs, federal governmental and regulatory affairs and public policy, audit and controls, investments and strategy for Exelon, one of the nation’s largest electric utilities and operator of the largest fleet of nuclear plants in the nation.
Von Hoene has received national recognition and numerous awards for his contributions to making the legal profession more accessible to, and reflective of, the community at large.
"Bill has worked tirelessly to create a diverse legal workforce at Exelon, and before that, at Jenner & Block," said Jane Ramsey, JCUA's executive director.
A program instituted at Exelon by Von Hoene measures and ranks preferred provider law firms annually based on how much of their work for Exelon is performed by minority and female lawyers. In addition, during his tenure as general counsel of Exelon, 42 percent of Exelon’s preferred law firms had a “relationship partner” with Exelon who was female, of color, or both.
“I am deeply honored to accept the Arthur Goldberg Social Justice Award,” Von Hoene said. “I have long admired JCUA’s work to address poverty, educational inequity and discrimination on behalf of disadvantaged communities. Diversity and inclusion are an integral part of Exelon’s core values, and the result is a productive work environment where forward-thinking programs like the one our legal department has adopted can succeed.”
Von Hoene has served on numerous civic and public interest boards. He is past president of the Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc., and past general counsel to the Leadership Council for Metropolitan Open Communities. Von Hoene currently serves as a director of the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago, the Northwestern Memorial Hospital Foundation and the Diversity Scholarship Foundation, and previously served on the boards of directors of the Chicago Legal Clinic, the Chicago Bar Foundation and the Joffrey Ballet. He is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago.
Guest speaker at the Jurisprudence Dinner was Ald. Edward M. Burke of Chicago's 14th Ward, the city's longest-serving alderman.
About the Arthur Goldberg Social Justice Award
A statesman and jurist who served as U.S. Secretary of Labor, Supreme Court Justice and Ambassador to the United Nations, Arthur Goldberg exemplified the concept of social justice. The youngest of eight children born to an abjectly poor family on Chicago’s West Side, Goldberg rose to prominence as counsel to labor unions and crafted the trade-union merger that created the AFL-CIO. Inspired by Clarence Darrow’s successful argument against the death penalty in the Leopold and Loeb murder case, he became a strong opponent of capital punishment, in part because he saw how social inequalities led to its unequal application.
About JCUA (http://www.jcua.org)
The mission of the Chicago-based Jewish Council on Urban Affairs is to combat poverty, racism and anti-Semitism in partnership with diverse communities. Guided by prophetic Jewish principles, JCUA pursues social and economic justice for our most vulnerable neighborhoods by promoting a vision of empowering communities from within. Since 1964, JCUA has assisted groups in low-income and minority communities, built coalitions with diverse groups, advocated on issues of poverty and racism and mobilized a Jewish constituency to create a more just city and nation.