Corboy & Demetrio Partner Daniel S. Kirschner will serve as Co-Chair of the Heartland Alliance Marjorie Kovler Center’s 30th Anniversary Benefit to be held on April 27, 2017.
The 6th installment of The Robert H. Kirschner Award for Global Activism, which will be presented at the event, was created in memorial to Dan Kirschner’s late father to honor his human rights work both domestically and abroad. Dr. Kirschner was an internationally recognized forensic pathologist and well-regarded authority on child abuse, torture, police brutality, and the death penalty.
“The Kovler Center always had a special place in my dad’s heart,” said Dan Kirschner. “He was always adamant that international human rights work started at home, whether it was shining an early light on police torture under Chicago Police Commander Burge or helping foreign torture victims who found their way to Chicago and the Kovler Center,” explained Dan.
Dr. Kirschner's human rights work took him to more than a dozen foreign countries where torture, extra-judicial executions and mass killings occurred. Through the Kovler Center, Dr. Kirschner trained pro bono health providers to conduct forensic evaluations of torture survivors, provided ongoing consultation to Kovler Center staff and volunteers, and assisted Kovler Center client’s in the asylum-seeking process.
Dr. M. Zaher Sahloul will receive the 2017 Robert H. Kirschner Award at the benefit.
Corboy & Demetrio Attorney Bill Gibbs spoke to victims of brain injury and stroke at Midwest Brain Injury Clubhouse on March 16, 2017 in Chicago. Bill gave the presentation, "Law of Sports Brain Injuries" to Clubhouse members.
The Clubhouse provides life-long rehabilitative services, support and mentoring to brain injury and stroke victims, serving as a community-based day program for those who need continued development after their initial therapy has completed or has been reduced.
Corboy & Demetrio currently represents more than 100 athletes who suffered brain injury, including concussions and CTE, as a result of repeated hits from playing professional football and hockey. The firm also represents the families of deceased players including the late Dave Duerson and Derek Boogaard.
In addition, Bill and Thomas Demetrio represented Renea Poppel, a passenger who suffered brain injury after a Metra railroad derailment in 2005. The result was a record-setting jury verdict of $29.6 million after a two-week trial. Renea is a member of the Clubhouse and attended Bill’s presentation.
The Clubhouse empowers those afflicted by brain injury and stroke through active engagement, work and purpose. It believes that through these efforts, further steps towards self-sufficiency and dignity following brain injury can be achieved. The Clubhouse also promotes fellowship as it unites with families, survivors and our community to work together toward the common goal of independence.
March is Brain Injury Awareness Month.
More information about the Midwest Brain Injury Clubhouse can be found on its website, mbiclubhouse.org.
Corboy & Demetrio is proud to be a Bronze Sponsor of The Center for Conflict Resolution’s 16th Annual Gala, celebrating CCR’s continued service to more than 5000 clients each year. The Gala, “Cirque du CCR: Performing the Art of Mediation,” will be held on March 30, 2017 in Chicago.
Since forming in 1979, CCR has accomplished the mission of working with individuals, communities, courts and other institutions to manage and resolve conflict by offering pro bono mediation services and conflict management training to Chicago area institutions, organizations and businesses.
CCR was started in 1979, when the Young Lawyers Section of The Chicago Bar Association supported the creation of a not-for-profit corporation to aid the Chicago community in effectively handling disputes.
Originally known as the Neighborhood Justice of Chicago, the Center for Conflict Resolution opened in a storefront in Chicago's Uptown Neighborhood to help people resolve their conflicts through mediation. CCR began accepting a significant number of case referrals from the Circuit Court of Cook County in the early 1980s. To reach the community more effectively and to enhance their new services, CCR moved its offices to Chicago's downtown loop.
CCR continued its reach through programs developed in the Circuit Court of Cook County and in city and state institutions that continue today. From juvenile offenders and victims, landlord-tenant conflicts and small claims matters to employment discrimination and Chancery Court cases, CCR provides a successful option for the court and to the residents of the Chicagoland community.
CCR is now governed by a 22-member Board of Directors and relies on a full-time staff of 11 and approximately 120 active volunteer mediators who mediate 95% of CCR's cases. In the past five years alone, CCR mediated over 10,000 cases.
The winner of the 2017 Thomas A. Demetrio Award of Excellence will be announced on April 26, 2017 at the Lawyers Lend-A-Hand to Youth Spring Awards Dinner. The annual event, which will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago, raises crucial funds for Lend-A-Hand and is its largest fundraiser of the year.
Guests of honor will include Hon. Thomas L. Hogan (ret.); Terry Murphy, the Executive Director of the Chicago Bar Association; and Chicago lawyer Kevin J. Conway.
Honorary Co-Chair will be Hon. E. Kenneth Wright, Jr., Cook Co. Circuit Court with J. Timothy Eaton serving as Host.
The event will celebrate Lawyers Lend-A-Hand’s new tutoring program at the CBA, which provides free one-to-one tutoring to students from the Englewood community using volunteers from Chicago’s legal community.
Highlights of the evening will include honoring Judge Hogan and Mr. Murphy with the Marovitz Philanthropic Award as well as the presentation of the Thomas A. Demetrio Award, which is funded by and named in honor of Thomas Demetrio, President and Co-founder of Corboy & Demetrio, and is given annually to tutoring and mentoring programs that impact the lives of underprivileged youth.
Background on Thomas Demetrio and Lawyers Lend-A-Hand
In 1992, the Lend-A-Hand Award of Excellence was created by Thomas A. Demetrio while he was President of the Chicago Bar Association(CBA), with a desire to impact the lives of Chicago’s underprivileged children by recognizing the efforts of exceptional tutor/mentor programs in the Chicago communities. From this Award was born the Lend-A-Hand Program. The Chicago Bar Foundation(CBF), with the leadership of the CBA, initiated the Lend-A-Hand Program in 1995, and it has continued to evolve ever since.
The CBA and CBF created the Lend-A-Hand program in dedication to the lasting memory and generosity of the Honorable Abraham Lincoln Marovitz, Judge "Abe."
Thomas Demetrio is a Life Fellow of the Chicago Bar Foundation and served on its Board of Directors from 1994 to 1996. He has served on the Lend-A-Hand Advisory Board since 1994.
Corboy & Demetrio is a proud first-time sponsor of Herscher High School’s 26th Annual Swing & Sing, which will take place on March 18, 2017. The event showcases the best Jazz bands and show choirs in the community and throughout the Midwest. 15 Jazz bands and a record of 24 show choirs will take part in the competition to see who wins the trophy.
Herscher High school has been known for its incredible musical talent in the last 32 years. Its music department includes: Marching Band, Pep Band, Jazz Band, Show Choir, Concert Choir, Chamber Choir Capella Choir and Orchestra.
Swing & Sing is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the school’s music programs.
The Center for Disability & Elder Law (CDEL) is pleased to announce that serving as Honorary Co-Chairs of the 2017 Winter Awards Benefit are Darrell Guy, Vice President and Associate General Counsel of AT&T; Daniel M. Kotin, President of the Chicago Bar Association and Partner of Tomasik Kotin Kasserman; and Michael S. Smith, Managing Partner of Baker & McKenzie’s Chicago Office.
CDEL’s 33rd Annual Winter Awards Benefit will take place at Baker & McKenzie, 300 E. Randolph, Suite 5000, in Chicago, on February 23, 2017, and tickets may be purchased online at cdelaw.org.
Anthony J. O’Neill, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of Illinois Sports Facilities Authority, will serve as 2017 Winter Benefit Chair. Anthony is Past President of CDEL’s Board.
Theresa Jaffe, principal of Theresa Jaffe Consulting. will be honored with the Impact Award for her extraordinary dedication and service to CDEL. Theresa serves as Vice President of CDEL’s Board and Chaired the Winter Benefit for five years with unprecedented success, breaking records for both fundraising and attendance. Under Theresa’s creative direction and management, the “Light Up the Loop” Winter Awards Benefit has become CDEL’s flagship fundraising event.
Walgreens will be honored with the Corporate Partner Award for its exceptional assistance to CDEL and its clients. Since 2013, when Walgreens began its partnership with CDEL, more than sixty-five attorneys and other legal professionals who have been trained on drafting Powers of Attorney and Living Will Declarations for nearly 100 senior citizens who are clients of CDEL’s Senior Center Initiative (SCI) program.
Volunteer attorney Linda Ochsenfeld will be honored with the CDEL Volunteer of the Year Award for her strong commitment to CDEL’s mission by providing an extraordinary level of direct pro bono legal service to its clients and achieving results that benefit clients and the community of low-income seniors and people with disabilities throughout Cook County.
Sumptuous hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will be served as guests enjoy networking and Chicago’s magnificent skyline. A raffle will take place with amazing prizes, including a Florida vacation condo package for 7 days in a three bedroom condo on the beach in Daytona Beach, as well as a $900 Airfare Card donated by Corboy & Demetrio; a Skin Medispa Package with a four-hour Ultimate Renewal Treatment, one Botox treatment and consultation with Dr. Geroulis donated by The North Shore Center for Facial Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery; and a Chicago Cubs Rooftop Party package, which includes eight Rooftop tickets to a Cubs game at Wrigley Field, including all-you-can-eat and drink buffet and bar, donated by Skybox on Sheffield.
The Center for Disability & Elder Law (CDEL) was founded to provide legal services to low-income residents of Cook County, Illinois who are either elderly or who have permanent disabilities. Dedicated volunteers from some of the largest law firms in Chicago, and from firms and corporations located throughout Cook County, as well as paralegals, provide more than ninety percent of all legal services CDEL delivers, pro bono, to CDEL clients. In its 33-year history, CDEL has provided services to more than 30,000 clients.
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Corboy & Demetrio and the Philip H. Corboy Foundation are proud Silver Sponsors of the Center for Disability & Elder Law’s 2017 Light Up the Loop Winter Awards Benefit, which is the non-profit organization’s biggest annual fundraiser.
Light Up the Loop takes place on Feb. 23rd in Chicago, and both Corboy & Demetrio and the Philip H. Corboy Foundation are longtime supporters of CDEL and its mission, which is to provide free legal services to low-income and people with disabilities in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs.
Matthew T. Jenkins is a Past President of CDEL'S Board of Directors and Thomas Demetrio is a longtime Board Member.
Among those being honored this year are Theresa Jaffe who will receive CDEL’s annual Impact Award.
The event will take place at the offices of Baker & McKenzie, 300 E. Randolph, from 5:30-8:00p.m. and will feature hors d’ oeuvres and cocktails, followed by the presentation of awards.
Many Corboy & Demetrio employees attend and support the fundraiser each year.
Tickets may be purchased on CDEL’s website at cdelaw.org.
Watch a video slideshow from Lawyers’ Assistance Program’s 2016 Joseph R. Bartylak Dinner, which took place on Friday, April 8, 2016. The Keynote Speaker was Illinois Chief Justice Rita B. Garman, and Judge John Gorman and Matthew Huttmacher were honored at the Dinner. Judge Gorman received the Joseph R. Bartylak Award and Matthew Huttmacher received the President’s Award.
Corboy & Demetrio Partner Francis Patrick Murphy is serving as Lawyers' Assistance Program's Treasurer for the 2016-2017 term. Patrick is a Past President of LAP and also previously served as Secretary.
The LAP assists Illinois lawyers, judges, and law students with alcohol, drug, or mental health issues.
Heartwarming Video of Englewood School Children Opening Gifts at the 2016 Holiday Party for Lawyers Lend-A-Hand’s Tutoring Program
We put together a video montage of children receiving presents at the Lawyers Lend-A-Hand holiday party for its new tutoring program on Dec. 20, 2016, at CBA headquarters in Chicago. Sixteen children from Englewood, participants in the program, attended, along with their tutors.
Corboy & Demetrio donated gifts for the children and captured these heartwarming moments as the children were called up to the front, one by one, to accept their gifts. In the video, C&D’s Rita Planera, a Lend-A-Hand Board Member, and Wien DeStefano, are seen handing them out.
Watch this video slideshow from the Lawyers Lend-A-Hand holiday party for its tutoring program participants on Dec. 20, 2016. Corboy & Demetrio was proud to take part, donating gifts for the children, including coats, backpacks and school supplies.
Corboy & Demetrio Co-founder Thomas Demetrio created the Lawyers Lend-A-Hand Award of Excellence in 1994 while he was President of the Chicago Bar Association. Each year, he funds the award, which recognizes outstanding youth mentoring programs.
The Lawyers Lend-A-Hand to Youth Program, which administers Tom’s award, was created by The Chicago Bar Association and the Chicago Bar Foundation in 1995 in dedication to the lasting memory and generosity of the Honorable Judge Abraham Lincoln Marovitz.
You can volunteer or read more about the Lend-A-Hand’s new tutoring program here.