CDEL to Light Up the Loop in Annual Winter Awards Benefit on Feb. 27, 2013

  CDEL to Light Up the Loop in Annual Winter Awards Benefit on Feb. 27, 2013

CDEL will honor Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan at its Annual Awards
Benefit, Light Up the Loop, on February 27, 2013.

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, Feb. 11, 2013

CHICAGO, Feb. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Honorary Co-Chairs Thomas A. Demetrio,
Partner at Corboy & Demetrio, Michael L. Morkin, Managing Partner of Baker &
McKenzie's Chicago Office and William A. Von Hoene, Jr., Senior Executive Vice
President and Chief Strategy Officer at Exelon Corporation, will present the
Center for Disability & Elder Law's (CDEL) annual awards at this year's Winter
Awards Benefit on February 27, 2013.

CDEL will honor Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan with its Impact Award
for her tireless advocacy and foresight in creating the Civil Legal Aid
Mortgage Foreclosure Projects. This Program is providing nearly $25 million in
funding from the national foreclosure settlement reached in 2012 to Illinois
legal assistance program, which addresses the current foreclosure crisis by
providing homeowners and renters access to the justice system.

The Corporate Partner Award will be presented to the law firm of Baker &
McKenzie. The firm was a founder of CDEL nearly 30 years ago and has served as
its guardian since then. Many lawyers at Baker & McKenzie have served on
CDEL's Governing Board in key leadership positions, donating generously of
their time and talent. Baker & McKenzie and their corporate clients
participate in several Senior Center Initiative workshops each year and Baker
& McKenzie attorneys have worked on dozens of legal matters for CDEL clients
over the years.

The Volunteer of the Year Award is being presented to Jane Hesse, who has
donated more than 10,000 hours of volunteer time during her 17 years as a
volunteer. Ms. Hesse has triumphed over disabilities she incurred in a car
accident 22 years ago. An attorney since 1996, Jane has tirelessly handled
many of CDEL's Guardianship cases, representing clients seeking guardianships
over individuals with disabilities. Ms. Hesse has represented literally
hundreds of CDEL clients over the years and is a perennial role model to all
our volunteers.

For the second consecutive year, the "Light Up the Loop" Winter Awards Benefit
is chaired by CDEL Board member Theresa Jaffe, principal of Theresa Jaffe
Consulting. "We are thrilled to have Theresa heading up our Winter Awards
Benefit again this year," stated Matt Jenkins, President of the CDEL Governing
Board. "We are grateful to Theresa for her vision and dedication to CDEL's
mission and for guiding every aspect of this event including our fundraising
activities," added Mr. Jenkins.

"We have three very distinguished award recipients whose contributions to our
community are exceptional," stated Jaffe. "Our Board, Young Professionals
Board and volunteer team are working diligently to help CDEL accomplish its
mission. We are all looking forward to celebrating CDEL's success and
contributing in a meaningful way to its future. We are very grateful to the
companies and law firms that have joined us as sponsors and are looking
forward to an inspiring evening as we honor our very deserving awardees and
recognize CDEL's important work."

"Our extraordinary Board leadership and the support of our event sponsors is
vital to our growth and ability to serve our vulnerable clients who look to us
for legal assistance," noted Susan Keegan, Executive Director of CDEL.

The CDEL Winter Awards Benefit will be held at Baker & McKenzie, 300 East
Randolph Street in Chicago from 5:30 to 8:30 pm on February 27, 2013. Tickets
may be purchased at


Contact: Helen Lucaitis, Corboy & Demetrio, +1-312-550-2077
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