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News Briefs: Winnetka attorney is magazine’s Person of the Year; NTHS saxophonists earn accolades; Art Center HP member show is underway with record participation

Chicago Lawyer Magazine named Patrick Salvi II, of law firm Salvi, Schostok and Pritchard P.C., its 2023 Person of the Year, an honor featured on the publication’s cover and with a feature, titled “Racking Up Wins,” on the publication’s website.

“This is an incredible honor. I am so very thankful to Chicago Lawyer. I am also thankful to the team at Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, and the clients that we have been honored to represent,” said Salvi, a Winnetka resident, in a news release. “From the mentorship I have received from my dad and others to the incredible support of our firm and my family, I have been blessed to have the opportunity to help injured victims and to have a positive impact in the State of Illinois.

“Perhaps no one deserves more thanks than my wife, Julianna Salvi, the most wonderful life partner I could ever ask for and amazing mother to our three kids, Patrick, Victoria, and Jack.”

Among other impacts in 2023, Chicago Lawyer Manging Editor John McNally pointed out how Salvi was retained by a former Northwestern University football player who sued the school over claims of hazing and sexual abuse.

“Salvi has touched the lives of individuals he’s encountered since entering the industry nearly two decades ago — whether it be his clients, colleagues, legislators, or opponents,” said Cailey Gleeson of Chicago Lawyer Magazine in a statement. “After securing the October 2022 record-breaking $363 million jury verdict award for Sue Kamuda against Sterigenics, followed by an overall $408 million settlement in January as lead counsel for the hundreds of remaining lawsuits against Sterigenics and helping deliver significant legislative changes as ITLA president that allow punitive damages in wrongful death lawsuits, Salvi shows no signs of slowing down.”

Miriam Goroff-Behel (left) and Duke Baur, New Trier saxophonists

New Trier High School seniors Duke Baur and Miriam Goroff-Behel were recently named 2024 YoungArts award winners, joining nearly 700 performing, literary and visual artists in the country.

Both musicians earned recognition for jazz discipline “for demonstrating exceptional technique, a strong sense of artistry, and an extraordinary commitment to developing their crafts,” according to a news release from New Trier.

YoungArts is the arts advocacy entity for the U.S. Department of Education.

The program accepted more than 9,000 applications across 10 artistic disciplines, and Baur and Goroff-Behel, who play the tenor and alto saxophone, respectively, are two of only four students in Illinois to be chosen in the jazz division.

Along with the honor, the students earned a monetary award and access to a lifetime of arts-specific professional development, funding and performance opportunities, and a network of inter-generational artists to connect, create, and collaborate with.

“My time at New Trier certainly has made a great impact on receiving this award,” Baur said in the release. “The performance opportunities, inspiring peers, and caring teachers make this place incredibly important to me and certainly crucial to my development as both a musician and student.”

New Trier Director of Jazz Ensembles Nic Meyer said in the release that Baur and Goroff-Behel exemplify what it means to be a dedicated student musician. Both students play in New Trier’s jazz and wind ensembles, participate in the Midwest Young Artists Conservatory Jazz Program, and are members of the Jazz Institute of Chicago’s Young Master’s Program.

“While Duke and Miriam participate in many of the same programs, they each have their own distinct voices on the saxophone, which they are sculpting as they study their musical heroes,” Meyer said. “ In that way, their paths are as unique as their own musical voices, but they share a deep mutual respect for each other’s artistry. I’m proud to say that they will both always be members of our New Trier Jazz community.”

Goroff-Behel said, “I have to give a lot of credit to all my teachers and mentors who have always challenged me and encouraged me to become the best musician I can be. I don’t know where I will study just yet, but my ultimate goal is to create and play music that is impactful and inspiring.”

Marking image for the Art Center’s annual member show.

Art Center member show underway in Highland Park

The Art Center Highland Park’s annual faculty and member show, the In View Art Exhibit, opened on Friday, Dec. 15, and is active through Jan. 20.

The Art Center Highland Park is reportedly enjoying the highest participation in its history, thanks to more than 100 recent new members and a record 140 artists showcasing their work in the member show.

Exhibited work is for sale, and profits from sales support both the artists and programming at TAC. 

Gallery hours are 10 a.m.04 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, visit, email or call (847) 432-1888.

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