Organizational Mission:  

Lawyers Lend-A-Hand to Youth is a 501(c)3 organization that channels the legal community’s resources to promote mentoring and tutoring programs in disadvantaged Chicago communities.

In 2016, Lawyers Lend-A-Hand to Youth launched Lend-A-Hand Tutoring at the CBA, which provides free one-to-one tutoring and mentoring to students from the Englewood community. Tutoring takes place on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. during the school year at the Chicago Bar Association, 321 S. Plymouth Court, Chicago, IL. The program has a focus on literacy and transports the students to tutoring by bus.

Lawyers Lend-A-Hand to Youth also awards grants to support the general operations of local one-to-one tutoring and mentoring programs. This year, we will award grants to thirteen programs serving youth all across Chicagoland. Since its founding in 1995 by former Chicago Bar Association President Thomas A. Demetrio, Lawyers Lend-A-Hand to Youth has awarded $1.7 million in grants and positively affected the lives of thousands of youth. We also recognize outstanding tutoring and mentoring programs through the Thomas A. Demetrio Award of Excellence and other named grants at its Spring Awards Dinner.

Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Philanthropic Award:

Lawyers Lend-A-Hand to Youth presents the Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Philanthropic Award each year at its Spring Awards Dinner to a member(s) of the community for his/her dedication, leadership, and outstanding contributions to society. The honoree should demonstrate a dedication of time and spirit to good works and public service, in particular in service of issues affecting children and youth.

2017 – Hon. Thomas L. Hogan (ret.), Circuit Court of Cook County
Terry Murphy, Chicago Bar Association
2016 – Kevin J. Conway, Cooney & Conway
2015 – Karen Gatsis Anderson, retired attorney
Kimball R. Anderson, Winston & Strawn
2014 – Michael D. Monico, Monico & Spevack
2013 – Paula Hudson Holderman, Winston & Strawn
Hon. James F. Holderman, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois


Lawyers Lend-A-Hand to Youth’s governing board is a diverse group of individuals from within and outside of the legal profession.

Our current Board members are:

Erin E. Clifford, Cook County Treasurer’s Office (Chair)
Jonathan Amarilio, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
Christine Cambpell, ATG Trust Company
Hon. Cynthia Y. Cobbs, Appellate Court of Illinois
Eva-Dina Delgado, Peoples Gas (Secretary)
Kimberly M. Halvorsen, Clifford Law Offices
Scott W. Henry, Maron Marvel Bradley Anderson & Tardy
Brian T. Monico, Wise Morrissey & Kaveny
Rita T. Planera, Corboy & Demetrio
Pravin Rao, Perkins Coie
Autumn L. Sharp, Lowis-Gellen
Paul B. Stephens, Marshall, Gerstein & Borun
Morgan L. Stogsdill, Beerman Pritikin Mirabelli Swerdlove
Jason T. Wright, Stout Risius Ross, Inc. (Treasurer)
Ami N. Wynne, Sidley Austin (Vice-Chair)

Kathryn McCabe, Executive Director

Lawyers Lend-A-Hand to Youth is also supported by its Auxiliary Board members, which include:

Shauna L. Fulbright-Paxton, Seyfarth Shaw (Chair)
Rachel Boykins, The McDonald’s Corporation
Kaitlin M. Post, Beerman Pritikin Mirabelli Swerdlove (Vice-Chair)
Eirene N. Salvi, Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard
Sierra Wallace, Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office


Judge MarovitzLawyers Lend-A-Hand to Youth was created by The Chicago Bar Association and the Chicago Bar Foundation in dedication to the lasting memory and generosity of the Honorable Judge Abraham Lincoln Marovitz, Judge “Abe.”


Thomas DemetrioIn 1994, Thomas A. Demetrio created the Lend-A-Hand Award of Excellence, 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 Chicago Bar Association (CBA), initiated the Lend-A-Hand Program in 1995 and it has continued to evolve ever since. Since its inception, the Lend-A-Hand program has encouraged the legal community’s support and furtherance of exceptional mentoring programs for disadvantaged youth in the Chicago area.

In 2003, the Lend-A-Hand Program was re-launched with a $100,000 contribution from the CBF, made possible by a major gift from the Hon. Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Trust. In what is thought to be the largest award of its kind in Chicago history, both Lend-A-Hand and the CBF received $2 million each as part of a class action lawsuit in November 2006. The money was awarded to the programs in a cy pres resolution, enabling Lawyers Lend-A-Hand to Youth to flourish.

Consistent with the CBA’s historic commitment to community service, the Chicago Bar Association has continued its leadership role in Lawyers Lend-A-Hand to Youth.