James C. Franczek, Jr., ’71, Receives American Bar Association's 2022 Arvid Anderson Award

James C. Franczek, Jr. Receives The American Bar Association’s Arvid Anderson Award

Franczek P.C. is very pleased to announce that founding partner James C. Franczek, Jr. will receive the American Bar Association’s 2022 Arvid Anderson Award. The Arvid Anderson Award is the ABA’s highest honor for public sector labor attorneys. The annual award is presented to one attorney in the nation whose career has substantially contributed to the development of public sector labor law.

Jim’s dedication to the public sector began long before he started Franczek P.C. in 1994. In 1969, Jim won a fellowship to intern in the Illinois General Assembly where he worked with, among others, Harold Washington, Anthony Scariano, and Paul Simon. In 1970, Jim was a law clerk for the Bill of Rights Committee at the Illinois Constitutional Convention of 1970.

Jim graduated from the University of Chicago Law School in 1971. For the next 51 years, Jim negotiated over 500 labor agreements, including hundreds in the public sector. His career has touched virtually every major labor event over the last five decades. Jim was one of a select few who were instrumental in writing the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act in 1984 and the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Act in 1986. In 1995 he was one of the principal authors of the Chicago Board of Education Reform Act and in 2010 of the labor reforms legislation for McCormick Place.

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