El Humanitario Award

Since 1991 the Cook County State's Attorney's Office has annually paid tribute to an outstanding Hispanic Lawyer in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15 through October 15. Candidates for the award are selected by members of the State's Attorney's Hispanic Advisory Council.

El Humanitario Award recipients will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Leadership, Honor, Integrity, and Fairness
  • Community Involvement
  • Charity and/or Pro Bono Work
  • Youth Involvement and/or Mentorship Programs.

To nominate an individual, send the completed form and nominating letter to statesattorney@cookcountyil.gov. Each nomination must be submitted in the form of a letter, explaining the reason for the recommendation. This letter should reflect as much information as possible to support the consideration of the individual based on the criteria for award selection.

In addition to honoring outstanding attorneys who exemplify the qualities of serving justice in the community, our office also provides two internship positions in the State's Attorney's Office. The internships are intended to inspire young people to pursue their dreams and perhaps return to work one day in the State's Attorney's Office. . Additionally, a $1,000.00 scholarship is donated by our sponsor, State Farm Insurance.


Judge Carmen Aguilar
Rey Gonzalez