Proviso School Board President Emanuel "Chris" Welch has been nominated by his colleagues in the legal profession to be one of the Top 40 Illinois Lawyers under age 40. Welch, a lawyer for the past twelve years, and a partner in the prestigious law firm of Sanchez, Daniels and Hoffman, LLP, has an impressive legal profile.
Chris Welch graduated from Northwestern University in 1993 and received his law degree from The John Marshall Law School in 1997.
Chris has served on the Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education since November 7, 2001, and he has been President of the Board since April 2003.
He also serves as legal counsel for Bellwood School District 88 and Maywood School District 89.
He has also served as legal counsel in Posen-Robbins School District 143 and ½, Hoover-Schrum School District 157, Niles High School District 219 and Community High School District 218.
Chris is a member of the Illinois Council of School Attorneys, and he was the lead attorney in the case of Roxanne Brown v. Bellwood School District 88 (November 2005) in which the Illinois Appellate Court ruled that local school boards have the right to declare vacancies and fill those vacancies.
Chris has also performed legal work for the Villages of Bellwood, Hillside and Melrose Park, and he actively litigates section 1983 Civil Rights cases on behalf of the Town of Cicero.
Chris recently led the successful defense of a civil rights case involving 12 Town of Cicero police officers in which six of them were found completely not guilty.
Chris and his firm also do public finance/bond work for towns and municipalities, and Chris is a certified administrative hearing officer with experiencing serving as the hearing officer in code enforcement court.
He has received the Operation Uplift Hometown Dreamweaver Award (January 2005), the prestigious PLCCA Image Award (June 2006), and he has been recognized by the Village of Hillside (Jan. 2007) for his contributions to Human Rights issues.
After 10 years of practicing law, Chris was named a partner in the firm of Sanchez, Daniels & Hoffman, LLP in July 2007.