In Memory of Peter M. Shannon, Jr.

Peter M. Shannon, Jr.

Peter M. Shannon, Jr.

Mr. Peter Michael Shannon, Jr., former CDEL Board Member passed away on Monday, April 21, 2014.

In 2010, the Center for Disability & Elder Law (CDEL) honored Peter with the Pro Bono Lifetime Service Award at CDEL’s 2010 Winter Awards Gala.  This special award recognizes a lifetime achievement for outstanding dedication and service in the provision of pro bono legal services to low-income and/or indigent persons with disabilities.  As a parent of a child with special needs, Peter understood the inherent inequalities that exist regarding the significant lack of resources and attorneys available to advocate on behalf of children with disabilities.  Mr. Shannon argued numerous cases so that all children with special needs had the right to an appropriate public education as required under federal law.

In 2012, the CDEL Board of Governors unanimously voted to name Peter as a Lifetime Director of CDEL in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to our organization and to the field of disability rights. Peter will be sorely missed by all of us at CDEL.

In addition, Peter has received numerous awards and accolades which include the 1995 Pro Bono Service Awards of the Illinois State Bar Association and the Legal Clinic for the Disabled for his work related to representing children with developmental disabilities in their educational placement.  Peter was included in the “Who's Who in American Law,” “Who’s Who in America” and Who’s Who in Practicing Attorneys.”  Prior to entering private practice in 1980, Mr. Shannon served for three (3) years as the National Director of Interstate Commerce Commission’s Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement in Washington, D.C.  He also was a litigation attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice.