Supporting Our Communities

  • Chuhak & Tecson recognizes Diwali on October 25

    On October 25, Chuhak & Tecson will recognize Diwali, a five-day festival of lights. Celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world, Diwali is a festival of new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness. The name comes from Sanskrit dipavali, meaning “row of lights.” It takes place on the day of the new moon when the sky is the darkest.

    On the first day, Indians across the world create an intricate rangoli, designs made of colored rice, sand or flowers created on the floor of the home. The second day is spent preparing or buying special food, like sweets, as well as praying for the spirits and ancestors in the afterlife. The third day is the main day of Diwali. Families gather and celebrate by lighting lanterns and candles in their homes and in the streets, and by shooting off fireworks. The fourth and fifth days focus primarily on spouses and the bond between siblings. The day following Diwali is the beginning of the Hindu New Year. 

    Chuhak & Tecson invites you to recognize the festival by learning about the diverse culture and history of Indian Americans. On October 27, the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir – Chicago invites all to celebrate Diwali and enjoy fireworks, traditions and a rich culture of the Hindu faith. Diwali Chopda Pujan takes place from 3 to 4 p.m. followed by Diwali Maha Arti & Fireworks from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

    Other ways to celebrate in the city of Chicago:

    Diwali at Prime Bar

    ROOH Chicago Celebrates Diwali with a Special Tasting Menu

    Diwali Gala 2019 

    ~~ Contributed by Krupa Patel, Chuhak & Tecson Staff Accountant

  • Chuhak & Tecson recognizes Veteran's Day on November 11

    Chuhak & Tecson is proud to recognize Veterans Day on Monday, Nov. 11, a day that honors those who have served in the United States Armed Forces.

    Originally known as Armistice Day, Veterans Day aligns with other holidays commemorating the end of World War I, including Remembrance Day which is observed in Australia and Canada. Given that this day is often confused with Memorial Day, it is important to note that Veterans Day celebrates the service of all military veterans while Memorial Day honors those who lost their lives while in military service.

    As Chuhak & Tecson recognizes its own veterans, including attorneys, law clerks and staff, we encourage you to partake in activities that support veterans such as visiting a veteran’s hospital, serving a local nonprofit organization dedicated to helping veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder—or simply thanking them for their service.

  • Chuhak & Tecson’s Banking Group, a proud supporter of Arrupe College 

    Banking Group leader Francisco Connell, along with principals Andrew Glubisz and Adam Moreland, attended Loyola University Chicago’s Founders’ Dinner, a signature fundraising event held September 16 to celebrate Arrupe College, Loyola’s innovative and successful two-year college for talented, first-generation students who have been historically underrepresented in higher education. 

    During the evening, awards were presented to early Arrupe investors whose support have made a significant impact in helping educate talented, first-generation students. Awards included the Heart of Loyola award, which honors an alumnus or alumna for extraordinary commitment to Jesuit education, and the Spirit of Arrupe award, an honor presented to champions of innovation in education who advocate for students and embody the entrepreneurial spirit of Arrupe College.

    With its support, Chuhak & Tecson’s Banking Group will help Loyola University Chicago continue to expand enrollment and provide a pipeline for a diverse workforce for Chicago. To learn how you can get involved, visit

  • Attorney Leynee Cruz participates in
    Annual Latino/Hispanic Heritage Month Courthouse Tours 

    In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Chuhak & Tecson attorney and president of the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois (HLAI) Leynee A. Cruz, participated in the “Annual Latino/Hispanic Heritage Month Courthouse Tours.” Held over two days, elementary and high school students were given the special opportunity to learn about the trial process and the legal system. Students visited a courtroom, observed a trial in progress, joined in an informative session presented by Judge Jesse G. Reyes and met with bar association representatives.

    Cruz practices in the Estate & Trust Administration & Litigation group, advising her clients in all aspects of probate and guardianship. A member of the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Council, she was elected as a 2019 Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine, an honor earned by only 2.5 percent of Illinois attorneys, and was named to the 2019 Latinos 40 under 40 list by Negocios Now.

  • Leynee Cruz newest president of Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois

    Attorney Leynee A. Cruz with Justice Jesse G. Reyes at the Hispanic Laywers Association of Illinois 2019 Gala.

    Chuhak & Tecson, P.C., is proud to announce that attorney Leynee A. Cruz is the newest president of the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois.

    Leynee practices in the Estate & Trust Administration & Litigation group, advising her clients in all aspects of probate and guardianship. A member of Chuhak & Tecson’s Diversity & Inclusion Council, Leynee has received various recognitions for her legal work, including selection as a 2019 Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine and being named to the Latinos 40 under 40 list by Negocios Now

  • Put a little love in your heart to benefit glenhagen farm retreat
    and Ed Ward Fine Arts Series   

  • Musicians from across Chicagoland took the stage for "Put a Little Love in Your Heart," a family friendly pop concert that opens the 2019-2020 Ed Ward Fine Art Series. Proceeds jointly benefited glenhagen farm retreat and Ed Ward Fine Art Series.

    Featured singers were Lisa Bowker, Matt Bowker, Daniel Riley and Angel Underhill, all members of Lake Side Singers. Band members included Jerry DiMuzio, Dave Onderdonk, Matt Plaskota, James Ross, Bobby Schiff and Andy Tecson. This talented group of musicians covered such artists as Sarah Bareilles, Josh Groban, Jason Mraz, James Taylor and Stevie Wonder with songs that include "Peace," "A Time for Healing" and "Put a Little Love in Your Heart."

    Chuhak & Tecson principal Andy Tecson and his wife, Nancy Hagen, long-time supporters of Ed Ward Fine Arts Series, established the not for profit glenhagen farm retreat in 2018. The farm is dedicated to providing educational and worship opportunities to people of all ages and walks of life, welcoming schools, colleges, churches, synagogues, temples, mosques and other houses of worship, and also not for profit corporations, that seek a place to grow, experience and explore the wonders of God’s creation. Amenities added since the farm’s opening—a volleyball court, raised garden bed, fire pit for campfires and stone paths—were well-used by campers who visited in summer 2019 such as Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, Harmony Community Church, Kingsley School’s Girl Scouts, League of United Latin American Citizens, Project Exploration, Refugee Education & Adventure CHallenge, and West Town Bikes.

    Visit Ed Ward Fine Art Series to learn more about its 2019-2020 concert season. 

  • Joseph A. Tecson Scholarship Fund


    The scholarship is administered by DePaul and is open to any first-year law student both in good academic standing and with proven financial need, with a preference for those who have performed community service. It provides support to one new student each year with books and supplies and is renewable for those students who remain in good academic standing. Deadlines for applications are on a rolling basis. Click here to learn more about the scholarship fund.