Corboy & Demetrio Partner Philip Corboy, Jr. spoke at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago’s Annual Luncheon on June 21, 2018. Philip currently serves as a LAF Governing Board Member and is a Past Board President.
LAF assists underprivileged communities in Cook County by providing civil legal services to those in need. Because there is no constitutional right to counsel in civil courts, many go without the legal resources they need. LAF works to give those in need necessary legal resources that they would not otherwise have.
At the luncheon, the Hon. Ann Claire Williams received the Champion of Justice Award for her commitment to serving those in poverty. Additionally, Ainat Margalit received the Jerold S. Solovy Equal Justice Award.
Among those attending were Corboy & Demetrio Attorneys Susan Schwartz, Ken Lumb, Andrew Stevens, Michael D. Ditore and L. Michael Flanagan; Corboy & Demetrio Intern Ryan Corboy; Joseph Tennial, Community Outreach Coordinator for U.S. Senator Dick Durbin’s Office; and LAF’s Ana Duperron-Sperling.
Corboy & Demetrio is proud to be a Platinum Sponsor of the Hellenic Bar Association of Illinois’ 2018 Judge’s Night, an annual event that is attended by more than 100 local, state and federal judges. Judge's Night takes place on June 7th at the National Hellenic Museum.
Judge Charles P. Kocoras, United States Federal Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, will be honored with the Hellenic Bar Association's Socrates Dikastes Award at the annual event.
The award is presented each year to the judge who exemplifies the principles as identified by the great Greek philosopher, Socrates.
For more information, go to hellenicbar.org
Corboy & Demetrio attorneys and staff took part in Misericordia 2018 Candy Days on April 27th, which has been organized by Managing Partner Robert J. Bingle for more than 20 years. Employees stood at the corner of Dearborn and Washington collecting money and passing out jelly beans to those who donated. Pictured from left to right are Attorneys Michael Flanagan, Susan J. Schwartz, Robert J. Bingle and Daniel S. Kirschner.
Corboy & Demetrio is proud to be a Founder Sponsor of the 2018 Golden Gavel Celebration, which is the largest annual fundraiser for Coordinated Advice & Referral Program for Legal Services(CARPLS). The event, “One Justice for All,” takes place on Thursday, May 24, 2018, at the Fairmont Chicago.
Corboy & Demetrio Partner Susan J. Schwartz serves on CARPLS Board of Directors and has been involved with CARPLS for many years.
CARPLS is Cook County’s largest provider of free legal services. Founded in 1993, it has helped more than 800,000 low- and moderate-income residents with their legal problems, including divorce and custody issues, landlord-tenant disputes, foreclosures and debt. It also operates a free telephone hotline that allows people to speak directly to attorneys. The first of its kind in the nation, the CARPLS hotline has served as a model for legal assistance providers across the country.
In addition, CARPLS offers legal advice and document preparation assistance at four court-based self-help centers. These services are provided for people representing themselves.
Mike Adamle, a former NFL player and TV sports broadcaster, will host a Launch Reception for The Mike Adamle Project: Rise Above, on Thurs., March 1st at the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in Chicago.
Adamle, who suffers from dementia and other CTE symptoms, is represented by Corboy & Demetrio Partner William Gibbs and Corboy & Demetrio Co-founder Thomas Demetrio in concussion litigation against the NFL.
The Mike Adamle Project: Rise Above is a new initiative with Concussion Legacy Foundation (CLF), and it was created by Mike to provide tools, resources and support to patients living with symptoms of CTE.
William Gibbs serves on the Advisory Board of The Mike Adamle Project, and Corboy & Demetrio is a proud sponsor of the Launch Reception.
Information on the Project and tickets for the Launch Reception can be found at https://mikeadamle.org
Corboy & Demetrio is a proud Silver Sponsor of the Center for Disability and Elder Law (CDEL) 2018 “Light Up the Loop” Annual Awards Benefit, which will be held on Feb. 28, 2018 in Chicago.
CDEL was founded more than 30 years ago to provide legal services to low-income residents of Cook County, Illinois who are either elderly or who have permanent disabilities. Dedicated volunteers from law firms in Chicago and from firms and corporations located throughout Cook County provide more than ninety percent of all legal services CDEL delivers, pro bono, to CDEL clients. CDEL has provided services to more than 30,000 clients throughout its history.
Corboy & Demetrio’s Co-founder Thomas A. Demetrio serves on CDEL’s Board of Directors, and Corboy & Demetrio has supported CDEL for many years.
To purchase tickets to CDEL’s biggest annual event, which raises crucial funds for providing legal services to elderly and persons with disabilities, go to CDELAW.org.
Pictured are: Julie Hoffmann, America Needs You Executive Director; Corboy & Demetrio’s Rita Planera, Lend-A-Hand Board Member; Nancy Camacho, Fellow, University of Illinois at Chicago; Cameron Jordan, Mentor Coach, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; and David Kirshenbaum, ANY Board Chair, Vilco Real Estate.
American Needs You(ANY) Illinois, which provides mentorship and career preparation for low-income, first generation college students, was the recipient of the 2017 Thomas A. Demetrio Award of Excellence. The annual award, funded by Thomas Demetrio, was presented to the group at the Lawyers Lend-a-Hand Annual Spring Awards Dinner. The award, named in honor of Thomas Demetrio, President and Co-founder of Corboy & Demetrio, 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 Patron sponsor of Kennedy Forum Illinois' Bending Towards Justice: A Summit for Mental Health Equity, which takes place on Tues., Jan. 16th at Hilton Chicago, 720 South Michigan Avenue. Speakers include: Patrick J. Kennedy, David Axelrod, Olympian Michael Phelps and IL Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke.
The event will include a Leadership Breakfast to honor those who have undertaken the journey to social change in pursuit of mental health justice. A daytime Community Forum will convene the best and the brightest and brave, and will address the question Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. posed 50 years ago - “Where do we go from here?”
For more than 15 years, Corboy & Demetrio employees have made thousands of dollars in charitable contributions through “Jeans Fridays”, a program that encourages staff to make donations in exchange for wearing jeans on Fridays.
Staff members Janice Fleming and Dana Ligue run the fundraiser, gather information about the charities that are proposed by co-workers, choosing the charity of the week, collecting donations, and delivering the money to the charities.
“It’s a ‘no-brainer’ as the charities we choose have a personal connection to someone. Plus, who doesn’t want to dress down on a Friday?” Janice said.
Throughout the year, Corboy & Demetrio staff propose charities that they are personally interested in for the funds to go to. The firm usually donates to five to six charities per year through this fundraiser. “Jeans Fridays” can result in a donation of anywhere from $300 to $700 for a charity.
Some of the recent “Jeans Friday” charities have included Special Olympics, the Les Turner ALS Foundation, Lurie Children’s Research Fund, and the Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness Organization.
“A lot of companies do this,” Dana said. “But what is unique at Corboy & Demetrio is that everyone has a personal connection to the organization we are donating.”
In its biggest fundraiser to date, Corboy & Demetrio raised more than $1000 for the Monarch Center for Autism in early 2017. The Monarch Center for Autism is a living and learning community for adults and adolescents with Autism.
An upcoming “Jeans Friday” is being planned for the charity, Cocktails and Chemo, an organization founded to provide a support group for caregivers and spouses of cancer patients.
“I met the founder at an event and was completely moved by her story and the organization that she founded. I immediately decided to use it as a ‘Jeans Friday’ fundraiser. That is the best part about this fundraiser; you get to help someone to make a difference for a cause they really care about,” Janice said.
Corboy & Demetrio CFO Marcy Twardak served as Host of the 2017 Misericordia Holiday Shop, Sip &
Splurge. The event took place at Misericordia, Heart of Mercy, in Chicago on November 16, 2017.
Corboy & Demetrio is a longtime supporter of Misericordia, which provides a community of care that
maximizes potential for persons with mild to profound developmental disabilities, many of whom are also physically challenged.