Congratulations to Dr. M. Zaher Sahloul who received the 2017 Robert H. Kirschner Award for Global Activism at Marjorie Kovler Center’s 30th Anniversary Benefit on April 27, 2017.
It was the 6th installment of the Kirschner Award, which was created in memorial to Corboy & Demetrio Partner Daniel Kirschner’s late father to honor his human rights work. 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.
Corboy & Demetrio Partner Francis Patrick Murphy attended the Lawyers’ Assistance Program’s 2017 Joseph R. Bartylak Dinner on April 20, 2017. Pictured from left to right, IL Supreme Court Chief Justice Lloyd Karmeier, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and Francis Patrick Murphy. Sen. Durbin served as Keynote Speaker. Patrick is a longtime member of LAP’s Board of Directors and previously served as President for two terms, as well as Secretary. He currently serves as Treasurer and will, again, become President in two years.
Corboy & Demetrio client Mike Adamle, who is a former NBC Chicago sportscaster and six-year NFL player, will receive the Courage Award from the Concussion Legacy Foundation at its 2017 Chicago Honors on June 22, 2017.
Mike is being represented by attorneys William T. Gibbs and Thomas A. Demetrio in concussion litigation against the NFL. Adamle is one of more than 100 retired professional athletes and families of deceased players represented by Corboy & Demetrio.
Bill Gibbs is serving on the Committee of CLF’s 2017 Chicago Honors, and tickets to the event may be purchased here.
About Concussion Legacy Foundation
The CLF was founded by Chris Nowinski and Dr. Robert Cantu. After seeking help from Dr. Cantu for his own post-concussion symptoms, Chris' view about concussions was completely changed. He discovered he had never been taught the signs and symptoms of a concussion, so he didn’t report them or even know he had them while playing football at Harvard. He wasn’t told the value of resting after a concussion, nor was he warned of the long-term effects. Chris decided to bring the information Dr. Cantu provided him into the public eye, and set a goal to change how concussions were understood and handled in sports.
Corboy & Demetrio Attorney Bill Gibbs will speak about the ongoing NHL concussion litigation and recently settled NFL concussion litigation at a CLE event hosted by the Chicago Bar Association’s Municipal and Law Division Committee on May 18th at the Daley Center.
In NFL litigation, Bill and Thomas Demetrio represent hundreds of former players, including former Chicago Bear and Sportscaster Mike Adamle, and the families of deceased players, including the late Chicago Bears Dave Duerson and Forrest Blue, in the class-action settlement and in litigation against Riddell.
In NHL litigation, Bill and Thomas Demetrio were appointed to the Plaintiff's Executive Committee by U.S. District Court Judge Susan Richard Nelson in Minnesota, which is overseeing individual lawsuits against the National Hockey League relating to head injuries.
In addition to their leadership role in the multi district litigation, Bill and Tom represent the Estate of former New York Rangers hockey enforcer Derek Boogaard in litigation against the NHL alleging the league failed to monitor the prescription of drugs by team doctors that led to Boogaard's death.
Bill and Tom also represent the Estate of Steve Montador, the NHL player who died at the age of 35 after suffering multiple concussions and the effects of CTE. In addition, Corboy & Demetrio represents Steve Ludzik, who played for the Chicago Blackhawks for eight seasons and coached the Tampa Bay Lightning, claiming repeated concussive injuries resulted in Parkinson’s disease.
Corboy & Demetrio was a proud Cum Laude Sponsor of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School’s 2017 Viva! fundraiser, which took place on Thursday, May 10th in Chicago. Our firm is a longtime Partner in Cristo Rey’s Work Study Program, employing students of the high school who earn 65% of their tuition.
Oscar Blas, pictured on the far right, was one of our Cristo Rey interns who now works at Corboy & Demetrio full-time.
The annual Viva! Fundraiser was a huge success, raising more than $650,000 in one night, which will impact the lives of 563 students.
For more than a decade, Corboy & Demetrio Managing Partner Robert J. Bingle has led our law firm’s team, collecting donations for Misericordia on Friday, April 28, 2017.
Misericordia is an extraordinary place -- recognized as one of the nation’s leading communities for children and adults with developmental disabilities, distinguished by its network of services.
It first began serving children with mental disabilities in 1954, and it currently supports more than 600 children and adults from diverse racial, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds, with disabilities ranging from mild or moderate to severe and profound.
Misericordia’s programs include residential options, job training and placement, an array of therapies, fitness and health guidance, social and recreational activities, and opportunities for spiritual growth. They are each designed to help its residents achieve and maintain the highest level of independence possible.
Corboy & Demetrio is a proud and longtime supporter of Misericordia and Candy Days 2017.