Michael J. Hernandez Nominated as a Fellow of the American Bar FoundationSeptember 2, 2014
Franczek Radelet partner Michael J. Hernandez has been nominated as a Fellow for the American Bar Foundation. The American Bar Foundation (ABF) is an organization dedicated to advancing justice through rigorous research on the law, legal processes, and the law’s impact on our society. The Fellows of the ABF is an honorary organization of lawyers, judges, and legal scholars whose public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities and to the highest principles of the legal profession.
Michael practices in the areas of education, labor and employment law. His experience involves litigation at all levels of state and federal courts and administrative agencies, including property tax appeal work. He has a broad background in constitutional and civil rights law, including affirmative action and desegregation matters. His practice also includes vendor contracts, drafting legislation, lobbying, and assisting emerging or transitioning companies.
Prior to joining the firm, Michael served as general counsel of the Illinois State Board of Education and deputy general counsel for the Chicago Board of Education. He also practiced at the law firm of Freeborn & Peters and served as an Assistant District Attorney with the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office.
Michael is a member of the American Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association and the Hispanic Lawyer’s Association of Illinois. He is a council member of the Dearborn Park Advisory Council, and serves as a board member for the Leadership Greater Chicago Fellows Board and the National Latino Education Institute. He serves on the board for Arts Alliance Illinois, and currently serves as the vice chair of the Alliance’s Arts Education Committee.