Recognition Received for Philanthropic Contributions by Corboy & Demetrio
The Chicago personal injury law firm, Corboy & Demetrio, has been recognized for its outstanding philanthropic contributions by a number of organizations.
Law School Building Named After Philip H. Corboy
Philip H. Corboy and his wife, Mary Dempsey, have made the largest single gift ever to the Loyola University School of Law. In recognition of the gift, Loyola is renaming its law school building the Philip H. Corboy Law Center. The gift will be used to support ongoing renovations of the law school building, new faculty hiring, and student scholarships.
"My wife and I are privileged to support the law school’s mission to educate future generations of great lawyers for Chicago and our nation," Mr. Corboy said.
David Yellen, dean of Loyola’s School of Law, said "There are very few living lawyers who have had the kind of impact Phil Corboy has. He largely transformed the practice of personal injury law. He’s been a teacher and mentor to a couple of generations of leading lawyers in the country."
"I received a magnificent education at Loyola’s law school that prepared me for a career representing brave and injured people and their families," said Corboy. "My continued involvement with Loyola is a result of my tremendous admiration for its commitment to teaching lawyers how to seek justice and how to help others."
In 1995, Corboy created the Philip H. Corboy Fellowship in Trial Advocacy program at Loyola to support and train law students who want to become trial lawyers. As a result of the program, more than 100 Loyola law students have received scholarship assistance, in addition to advocacy training.
Mr. Corboy is a 1949 Loyola School of Law graduate and co-founded the Chicago personal injury law firm of Corboy & Demetrio.
Illinois Trial Lawyers Assn. Renames Headquarters Philip H. Corboy Center for Justice
The Illinois Trial Lawyers Association renamed its headquarters, the Philip H. Corboy Center for Justice, after the late co-founder of Corboy & Demetrio, Phil Corboy, Sr. Former Gov. Pat Quinn and Illinois Senate President John Cullerton were among those who gathered at the dedication ceremony in Springfield on April 10, 2013, whom the ABA has called the “Jack Nicklaus” of trial lawyers.
Philip Harnett “Flip” Corboy, Jr., a partner at Corboy & Demetrio, told the crowd of his father, “I was proud and happy to work with him for 26 years before his death. I had a chance to understand him not only as a father, but also as a lawyer.”
“I saw the dedication that he had towards this association, its members and, most importantly, to our clients,” Corboy said, adding that his father “reveled” in getting involved in the legislative process in Springfield. Former Chicago Public Library Commissioner and the late Mr. Corboy’s wife Mary Dempsey; Illinois Senate President John Cullerton; and current ITLA President Gregory L. Shevlin also spoke at the event. Phil Corboy, Sr. was President of ITLA from 1963-1964.
Corboy & Demetrio Named to Metropolitan Family Services' Silver Family Circle
The Metropolitan Family Services named the law firm a member of its Silver Family Circle Charter, in recognition of the firm's 25 years of continuous support. Family Services provides resources to families and communities, including legal aid, economic development services, and clinical services, as well as prevention and education programs covering subjects from child abuse to violence.
CDEL Names Learning Center in Honor of Corboy & Demetrio
The Center for Disability and Elder Law (CDEL), dedicated to protecting and advancing the legal rights of low-income elderly and disabled individuals in Cook County, recently named its new learning center in honor of the law firm, designating it the "Corboy & Demetrio Continuing Legal Education Center." The Center’s Executive Director, Michael Roth, remarked, "Since CDEL’s inception in 1984, Phil Corboy and Tom Demetrio, through their selfless commitment, have been at the forefront in their support of the Center through fostering a proactive community of pro bono attorneys as well as providing the most generous financial contributions. We are forever in their debt." Both Philip Corboy and Tom Demetrio have served on the Board of Directors since its inception, and attorney Matthew Jenkins is a member of the Young Professionals Board.
Chicago Bar Foundation Names Corboy & Demetrio to Law Firm Leadership Circle
The firm is a strong supporter of the Chicago Bar Foundation (CBF), the charitable arm of the Chicago Bar Association (CBA). The CBF works to ensure equal access to justice in our community, particularly for low-income and disadvantaged Chicagoans. In recognition of our consistent support and strong commitment to equal access to justice, Corboy & Demetrio was honored to become one of the charter members of the CBF Law Firm Leadership Circle in early 2008. In addition, the firm participates in the CBF’s annual Investing in Justice Campaign and is a long time Benefactor of the CBF’s acclaimed special events each year, including the Pro Bono and Public Service Awards Luncheon, Fall Benefit and Fat Tuesday Challenge.