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.