Supporting Our Communities


  • Chuhak & Tecson remembers the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King by encouraging participation in service events
     


    Chuhak & Tecson is proud to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (MLK Day) on Jan. 18. This year marks the 35th anniversary of this holiday, which was first observed federally in 1986 and celebrates the Civil Rights leader’s life and legacy.

    Observed each year on the third Monday in January as “a day on, not a day off,” MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer in an effort to improve their communities.

    This year our offices will be closed in observance of the holiday and our Diversity & Inclusion Council is encouraging the attorneys and staff to carry out Dr. King’s legacy of service to others by supporting the following organizations through virtual, firm-sponsored events:

    Minority Legal Education Resources

    Minority Legal Education Resources (MLER) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to increase diversity and inclusion in the legal profession by maintaining its “tradition of excellence” through its supplemental bar process management and pipeline programs. Jasmine Morton, an associate in our Litigation, Healthcare and Employment practices and board member of MLER, is working on behalf of the organization to identify people, particularly those in the legal services industry, to help students prepare for the next online bar exam through the following ways: making an attorney video submission (3-5 minutes explaining when they took the bar, the commercial bar preparation course they used, and the tips and tricks they used to prepare for the bar exam), signing up to tutor MLER students in taking the bar exam, or make a donation to help support students in their bar prep efforts through lunches, coffee, copying services, etc. For more information, please visit MLER’s website.

    Repair The World

    Repair the World is a national not for profit organization operating in several cities across the U.S. that mobilizes both Jews and their communities to take action to pursue a just world. It’s Chicago branch has called for volunteers to participate in two service opportunities for MLK Day weekend.

    The first opportunity is with Lincoln Park Community Services (LPSC), which helps to empower individuals facing homelessness and poverty to secure stable housing and make sustainable life changes. LPCS is looking for volunteers to cook a meal and the organization will come to their addresses, pick it up and deliver to the shelter. For more information and to register, click here.

    The second opportunity is with Free Minds, an organization that uses the literary arts, workforce development and violence prevention to connect incarcerated and formerly incarcerated youths and adults to their voices, their purpose and the wider community. Free Minds will be hosting a virtual letter writing campaign on Jan. 18 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. for people to reach out to first responders, people that are currently incarcerated or their state representatives. For more information and to register, click here.

    Project Yes!

    Project Yes! is a local, Chicago-based branch of AmeriCorps, which provides a structure of growth and self-motivation that empowers youth to develop skills in becoming self-sufficient individuals who succeed and contribute responsibly in a global community. The organization is looking for volunteers to assist in its 14th Annual Literary Festival, which will be held virtually on Jan. 18, which is aimed at promoting literacy in the image of the great Civil Rights leaders of our nation's past to children in the West Town neighborhood ages 9-19. To learn more about this opportunity and to register, click here.

    AmeriCorps

    For more opportunities happening either during MLK Day weekend or any other time throughout the year, please visit AmeriCorps’ website.

    To learn more about the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., click here. We hope you have a safe and healthy MLK Day weekend and we hope to see you alongside us virtually participating in opportunities to help improve our communities.


 
  •  Chuhak & Tecson observes International
    Holocaust Remembrance Day

    The attorneys and staff of Chuhak & Tecson will join the UN and countless companies, organizations and individuals across the world on Jan. 27 in recognizing International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Proclaimed in Nov. 2005 and first observed in Jan. 2006, this anniversary pays tribute to all the victims of the Holocaust and encourages people to continue countering antisemitism, racism, and other forms of intolerance that may lead to group-targeted violence.

    The date marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, a notorious Nazi concentration and extermination camp, by Soviet troops on Jan. 27, 1945. The UN specifically marks this day by calling upon member states to address the residual trauma of this event, maintaining effective remembrance policies, caring for historic sites, and promoting education, documentation and research almost eight decades after this genocide occurred. This responsibility entails educating about the causes, consequences and dynamics of such crimes so as to strengthen the resilience of young people against ideologies of hatred.

    For more information about this day of remembrance and to learn more about the Holocaust, visit the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    website.


 
  • glenhagen farm retreat, an educational and spiritual retreat

     
     

    Chuhak & Tecson principal Andy Tecson and his wife, Nancy Hagen, established the not for profit glenhagen farm retreat  to provide youth from all walks of life with the opportunity to experience the extraordinary wonders of the ecosystems. The farm, which offers educational and worship opportunities related to the arts, religion, ecosystems, astronomy and sustainable agriculture, welcomes 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. 

    For more information on glenhagen farm retreat, or to learn how to get involved, contact 
    glenhagenfarm@gmail.com


 
  • 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.