Northern Illinois University College of Law Dean Jennifer Rosato was honored with a 2013 Vanguard Award from the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois. The Vanguard Award recognizes lawyers, judges and institutions who champion diversity. Under her guidance, NIU Law has enacted numerous initiatives to advance its mission of promoting diversity, professionalism and academic excellence in the legal academy. Rosato was one of six recipients of this year¿s Vanguard Awards. Other recipients included: The Asian American Institute, Asian American Bar Association of Chicago honoree; Peter Birnbaum, president and CEO of Attorneys¿ Title Guaranty Fund Inc., Chicago Bar Association honoree; Joey Mogul of the People's Law Office, Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago honoree; Judge Jorge Ortiz of Lake County Circuit Court, Puerto Rican Bar Association honoree; and Judge Marcus Salone, retired Justice of the Illinois Appellate Court, Cook County Bar Association honoree.