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.
Corboy & Demetrio is a proud Practice Putting Area Sponsor of the Retired Professional Football Players of Chicago Celebrity Golf Outing. The 21st annual event will be held on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at the Bolingbrook Golf Club.
The RPFPC was founded in 2003 as a charitable foundation by the NFL Players Association where retired NFL players volunteer their time to organizations in Chicago. The RPFPC helps professional athletes transition into life after their careers while giving back to their community at the same time. The organization raises funds for academic scholarships, as well as football equipment for local youth. Corboy & Demetrio’s sponsorship will benefit the RPFPC scholarship, youth grant and mentorship programs.
Former players who have appeared at the event in the past include Dan Hampton (Chicago Bears Hall of Fame), Otis Wilson (Chicago Bears ’85 Super Bowl Champion), and Steve McMichael (Chicago Bears ’85 Super Bowl Champion).
Corboy & Demetrio has announced the recipient of the 2019 Thomas A. Demetrio Award of Excellence is Chicago Lights Tutoring, which provides students at the Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago with one-on-one tutoring and mentoring services. The Award was presented at the Chicago Bar Association Lawyers Lend-A-Hand Annual Spring Awards Dinner on April 25, 2019.
“Chicago Lights is a home for me and so many others,” said Devon Collins, a student at Christ the King
High School, who spoke at the dinner and who has received tutoring from Chicago Lights since the first grade. “I am so happy I went to Chicago Lights tutoring because they inspire me to be the best that I can be,” Collins added.
The Award, named in honor of Thomas A. Demetrio, President and Co-founder of Corboy & Demetrio, and funded by him, is given annually to tutoring and mentoring programs that impact the lives of underprivileged youth in Chicago.
Corboy & Demetrio Partner Daniel S. Kirschner will present The Robert H. Kirschner Award for Global Activism, created in memorial to Dan’s late father, to Peter Kovler at the Heartland Alliance Marjorie Kovler Center Benefit on May 14. The Kirschner Award honors Dr. Kirschner’s 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.
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.
Dan Kirschner is serving on the Host Committee for the Benefit, at which Hillary Rodham Clinton will serve as Keynote Speaker.
Corboy & Demetrio is proud to serve as a Gold Sponsor of the 2019 Benefit.
The Marjorie Kovler Center is a treatment program devoted to the recovery and healing of individuals, families, and communities affected by torture. The comprehensive model of care includes mental health, medical care, case management, and interpretation and translation services. Its treatment approach is based on the key principles of empowerment, community building, and multidisciplinary services.