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Our society has a fundamental obligation to guarantee justice for all of its members. The Center for Disability & Elder Law (CDEL) has been expanding access to justice to persons marginalized by poverty, age and/or disability, for almost thirty years.


A Message from CDEL's President


Dear Friends of CDEL,

I am writing to share some sad news.  Over the weekend our dear colleague, Judge Richard J. Elrod,  passed away.  There will be a memorial service followed by a reception at Temple Am Shalom, 840 Vernon Avenue, Glencoe, Illinois, beginning at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday April 22, 2014.  Details about his passing are in the attached statement.

Judge Elrod actively served CDEL during his tenure on the bench and as a member of CDEL's Governing Board.  As chairman of the Case Oversight Committee, Judge Elrod navigated CDEL's case management, attorney/client relationships, and transitioned cases.  We are grateful to Judge Elrod for his dedicated service to those members of our society who experience tremendous loss and feel alone in their path to justice.   Judge Elrod bridged the gap between desperation and accomplishment.  The CDEL community will remember Judge Elrod for his sound legal mind, his professionalism and commitment to service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Honorable Richard J. Elrod Memorial Fund c/o CDEL, 79 West Monroe Street, Suite 919, Chicago, IL 60603

It was an honor to serve on the CDEL Board with Judge Elrod.  He was a great friend to CDEL and to all of us.

Very truly yours, 

Anthony J. O'Neill
President, CDEL Governing Board of Directors

Judge Richard J. Elrod  



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The Center for Disability & Elder Law's Winter Awards Benefit 2014/30th Anniversary Celebration - Award Winners


Award Winners

Congratulations to Our 2014 CDEL Winter Benefit  Award Winners

In back row, CDEL Board President, Anthony J. O’Neill of Williams Montgomery & John Ltd.  In front row from left to right, Brett Hart, Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary of United Airlines, accepted The Corporate Partner Award; Judith T. Davis, attorney at McDermott Will & Emery LLP, was presented the Volunteer of the Year Award; Patricia Sheehan, Associate General Counsel of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, accepted The Founders Award on behalf of RIC and Dr. Henry Betz; Cook Co. Circuit Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans and Cook Co. Circuit Judge Patricia Banks, who presides over the Elder Law & Misc. Remedies Division, were presented the Impact Award; Theresa Jaffe of Theresa Jaffe Consulting, 30th Anniversary & Winter Awards Benefit Chair and CDEL Board Member.




The Center for Disability & Elder Law (CDEL) does not discriminate on the basis of age, disability, race, color, national origin, sex, religion, or sexual orientation in the delivery of services

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