Corboy & Demetrio is proud to serve as a Silver Sponsor of the Center for Disability & Elder Law’s 2020 Light Up the Loop annual fundraiser.
The Winter Awards Benefit will take place on Feb. 27th from 5:30-8:30p.m. at Baker McKenzie, 300 East Randolph in Chicago. Tickets can be purchased at cdelaw.org. The Benefit is the biggest fundraiser of the year for CDEL, which provides critical legal services for low-income seniors and people with disabilities.
This year’s awardees include: The Consumer Fairness Act of 2019 Coalition led by Retired IL State House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie, IL State Rep. Will Guzzardi, IL State Senator Iris Martinez, and Jenner & Block Partner Jeffrey D. Colman (Impact Award); Kirkland & Ellis (Partner of the Year); Jennifer Burgess, Counsel at Seyfarth Shaw (Volunteer of the Year). Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will be served as guests enjoy networking and Chicago’s magnificent skyline.
In its 36-year history, more than 30,000 disabled people and senior citizens have been provided free legal services from CDEL, with its staff of four attorneys and hundreds of volunteer lawyers. Those services provided include adult guardianship, landlord/tenant disputes, financial elder abuse, consumer fraud, mortgage fraud and property tax and assistance at the Pro Se Guardianship Help Desk.
In addition, CDEL runs workshops and assists seniors with powers of attorney for healthcare and property, and living will declarations. CDEL trains volunteers who provide counseling to senior citizens who are at risk of losing their homes due to delinquent property taxes, helping them take advantage of tax assistance programs and exemptions.
Corboy & Demetrio participated in the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans’ Secret Snowflake holiday giving program this holiday season. Employees “adopted” three U.S. Veterans and their families who are currently clients of MSHV, purchasing them gifts from their wish lists. Corboy & Demetrio Managing Partner Kenneth T. Lumb, himself a U.S. Veteran, passed out presents and presented a donation to MSHV on behalf of the firm.
Helping veterans is something the law firm takes pride in as Corboy & Demetrio Co-founder Thomas Demetrio is also a U.S. Veteran. The shelter, based in Wheaton, has served a total of 600 homeless veterans since its inception and provides services for veterans living in seven northern Illinois counties. There are currently 1400 homeless veterans in Illinois alone, and the shelter’s mission is to end veteran homelessness altogether. Its motto is “Leave No Veteran Behind.
Marcy Twardak, Corboy & Demetrio CFO, served as co-host of “Share in the Spirit of Misericordia” holiday shopping event on Nov. 20, 2019. This is the ninth year for the shop, sip and splurge fundraiser, which took place at Misericordia and featured merchandise hand-picked for holiday gift giving. The annual event is one of several held by Misericordia, Hearts of Mercy, a non-profit organization that supports children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, providing them the highest quality residential, training, and employment services. It provides the full continuum of care designed to meet each person's changing needs and maximize his or her independence, self-determination, interpersonal relationships and engagement in the community.
Please enjoy the slide show of highlights from the evening.
Corboy & Demetrio was proud to be a Silver Sponsor of the Hellenic Bar Association of Illinois Foundation’s 69th Annual Scholarship Ball on Saturday, Nov. 2. At the HBA Foundation fundraiser, $50,000 in scholarship funds were awarded to help law students of Hellenic descent fund their education. The recipients include James Betzelos; Corboy & Demetrio intern Demitri Kladis, who is a 2L at John Marshall Law School; Alex Pappas; Constance Raftis; and Tom Thanasouras.
The HBA Foundation is the charitable arm of the HBA that gives back to the Greek-American community. Besides hosting the Scholarship Ball, the HBAF promotes education by hosting an annual Law Day Essay Contest for elementary school children. Various students from the Chicagoland area attending Greek-American schools participate.
In 2015, Corboy & Demetrio Co-founder Thomas A. Demetrio received a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Hellenic Bar Association of Illinois and was honored at the Scholarship Ball.
Corboy & Demetrio was proud to be a Bronze Sponsor of the 2019 Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE) fundraiser, “Celebrating Allies,” which was held on Oct. 18 th in Chicago. This year’s honoree was Natalie Moore, WBEZ’s South Side reporter on race, housing, economic development, food injustice, and violence.
The annual fundraiser included a reception, an awards presentation and celebration of CAASE’s work of championing survivors of sexual exploitation, changing laws and educating allies.
For more information about CAASE and the event, go to caase.org.
Corboy & Demetrio is a proud participant and sponsor of Chicago Gateway Green’s Expressway Partnership Program, which aims to keep the city’s expressways and neighborhoods green and litter free with the help of public-private sponsorships.
The Expressway Partnership Program turns dreary embankments on the major expressways leading into and out of the city into ribbons of green parkways. More than 100 gardens comprise the program, covering almost 150 acres of roadside landscapes. Each garden utilizes native shrubs, trees, and perennials that require fewer resources and are well adapted to harsh roadside growing conditions.
Corboy & Demetrio’s garden sits on the east side of the Edens Expressway just south of Chicago Avenue and has sponsored the garden for many years.
Chicago Gateway Green is a non-profit, public-private partnership dedicated to the greening and beautification of Chicago’s expressways, gateways and neighborhoods through landscape enhancement, litter and graffiti removal and the installation of public art.
To learn more about the Chicago Gateway Green, please visit: https://www.gatewaygreen.org/
Corboy & Demetrio was a proud Benefactor sponsor of the Chicago Bar Association and Chicago Bar Foundation’s 21st Annual Pro Bono & Service Awards Luncheon on July 23, 2019. The awards honor lawyers from a broad cross-section of the legal community whose passion for serving others is reflected in their commitment to the ideals of equal access to justice.
The CBF, with the help of the CBA, is the largest voluntarily supported bar foundation in the country.
Recognizing several of the Chicago legal profession’s unsung heroes and their dedication to pro bono and public service, the awards serve to build awareness of the impact their collective efforts can have in the lives of the most vulnerable people in our community.
Corboy & Demetrio Partner William T. Gibbs, second from left, participated in the Retired Professional Football Players of Chicago Golf Outing on July 16th. With Gibbs are Corboy & Demetrio client Bruce Herron, a former Chicago Bear; C&D Law Clerks Mitchell Bild and Kaitlyn O’Brien; and David Geiselhart. Corboy & Demetrio is a proud sponsor of the Practice Putting Area at the 21st annual RPFPC event.
Bill currently represents more than 100 athletes in concussion litigation against sports leagues, including representing numerous retired NFL players and the Estate of former Chicago Bear Dave Duerson against the NFL. He also practices in the areas of railroad negligence, automobile collisions, unsafe pharmaceuticals or medical devices, construction negligence, medical negligence, premises liability, product liability and aviation litigation.
Corboy & Demetrio is a proud sponsor of the Spinal Cord Injury Association of Illinois’ 15th Annual Golf Outing on July 24, 2019. SCIA, founded in 1979, serves as a community for those affected by paralysis and those working in related fields. The organization provides services to aid those with spinal cord injuries and to educate others in order to prevent injuries. Corboy & Demetrio is a longtime SCIA supporter and is a Lunch Sponsor of the Golf Outing, which will be held at the Gleneagles Country Club in Lemont.
Corboy & Demetrio hosted a pizza lunch for a group of young men from Mercy Home for Boys & Girls. The students spent the morning learning about Cook County Circuit Courts at Daley Plaza as part of a summer Career Day experience.
The Mercy Home for Boys & Girls is a Catholic organization that provides a nurturing home, support, mentoring and spiritual development for children and families in the Chicagoland area. Since 1887, Mercy Home has been successfully aiding lives of those in need. Corboy & Demetrio CFO Marcy Twardak serves as Chair of the Leader Council.