CDEL celebrates lawyers making a difference

Chicago non-profit connects seniors and disabled individuals with helpful attorneys

L to R: Patrick McGovern, McDonald's Corp.; Theresa Jaffe, Chair of CDEL's Winter Benefit; John Conroy, Jr., Baker & McKenzie; Dale Nichols, Northern Trust.

On a February evening, legal professionals and philanthropists gathered at Baker & McKenzie’s Chicago office to celebrate an organization that has made a difference in the city.

For more than 26 years, the Center for Disability and Elder Law (CDEL) has provided free legal services to Chicago-area, low-income seniors and disabled individuals. Last year, CDEL’s staff and volunteers, which include law firm lawyers, in-house counsel and other legal department staff members, assisted more than 3,200 clients with a variety of legal issues, from eviction to elder financial abuse. CDEL’s February benefit, “Light Up the Loop,” brought together hundreds of the organization’s supporters and recognized some of its outstanding volunteers.

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