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 (formerly the Barristers 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. Although often an attorney, the honoree need only demonstrate a dedication of time and spirit to good works and public service, in particular in service of issues effecting children and youth.

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
2012 – Michele Illene Ruiz, Sidley Austin
Jesse H. Ruiz, Drinker Biddle & Reath
2011 – Thomas A. Demetrio, Corboy & Demetrio
James A. Morsch, Butler Rubin Saltarelli & Boyd
Hon. Michael B. Hyman, Circuit Court of Illinois
2010 – James C. Tyree, Mesirow Financial
2009 – Hon. Anne M. Burke, Illinois Supreme Court
Hon. Edward M. Burke, Chicago City Council
2008 – Marc R. Kadish, Mayer Brown
2007 – Donald Hubert, Hubert Law Group (posthumously)
2006 – Sarah and Peer Pedersen, Pedersen & Houpt


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:

Timothy S. Tomasik, Tomasik Kotin Kasserman (Chair)
Christine Cambpell, ATG Trust Company
Erin E. Clifford, Appellate Court of Illinois
Hon. Cynthia Y. Cobbs, Appellate Court of Illinois
Daniel A. Cotter, Butler Rubin Saltarelli & Boyd
Richard Danaher, City of Chicago
Eva-Dina Delgado, Peoples Gas (Secretary)
Tasneem K. Goodman, Akina Corporation (Vice Chair)
Kimberly M. Halvorsen, Clifford Law Offices
Scott W. Henry, Segal, McCambridge, Singer & Mahoney LLP
Brian T. Monico, Burke Wise Morrissey & Kaveny
Rita T. Planera, Corboy & Demetrio
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

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
Patrick J. Giese, Tomasik Kotin Kasserman
Qasim S. Jami, Ladas & Parry
Anthony May, Robert Half Legal
Kaitlin M. Post, Beerman Pritikin Mirabelli Swerdlove
Patrick F. Ross, Law Offices of Robert J. Ross
Eirene N. Salvi, Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard
Matthew Steward, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP
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. The Program invites attorneys to volunteer their time as mentors, tutors, or Board Members with numerous agencies throughout the city. In addition, through the “Tickets for Kids” Program, the Lend-A-Hand Program is able to direct donated tickets for sporting and cultural events to participating mentoring agencies and the youth they serve. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the Lend-A-Hand awards dozens of grants, annually, to deserving grassroots mentoring programs. Over the years, the grants have totaled over $1,600,000.

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.

Important Documents:

At Lawyers Lend-A-Hand to Youth, we aim to be thoughtful and transparent; therefore, the following planning and financial documents are available for review:

Lawyers Lend-A-Hand to Youth is a 501(c)(3).