Supporting Our Communities




 

Chuhak & Tecson proudly supports the Diversity Scholarship Foundation and its 2022 Unity Award Gala

 

Chuhak & Tecson is proud to support the Diversity Scholarship Foundation as part of its firmwide ongoing diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. Since 2006, the Diversity Scholarship Foundation has provided scholarships and opportunities to law students of diverse backgrounds. Chuhak & Tecson, as an involved part of the legal community, has joined with others to raise funds to offer an increasing number of scholarships each year to those students interested in public service after graduation and to those who are leaders and achievers in the legal community.

Chuhak & Tecson is honored to participate in this award gala dinner and, in the spirit of inclusion, has invited several members of the firm — attorney, paralegal or staff — to represent the firm at this event. Chuhak & Tecson is committed to championing diversity, equity and inclusion within its firm and in our representation at events like this.

Chuhak & Tecson, P.C. members Sarah Allam, Ryan Biller, Donna Blaire, Rebecca Cerny, Hannah Clark, Aali Fidai, Paige Fox, Matt Mallett and Jackie Navarro (pictured above) attended the Diversity Scholarship Foundation’s 2022 Unity Gala as part of the firm’s diversity, equity and inclusion initiative.

The 2022 Unity Award Gala was held on December 6, 2022, at the Chicago Hilton and serves as the main fundraiser for the foundation. The evening featured a sit-down dinner with an opening performance by the Jessie White Tumblers and included the Diversity Award Ceremony, presenting 22 scholarships to diverse and deserving law students from across the state of Illinois selected from more than 100 applicants.

The program also included the 20th annual swearing-in ceremony of Bar presidents from across the Seventh Judicial Circuit, who recite the “Oath of Unity,” a pledge to promote diversity and inclusion within the legal profession, conducted by circuit court of Cook County chief judge Timothy Evans as well as several other diversity achievement awards recognizing the tireless efforts of individuals who have made significant contributions to the legal community including embracing diversity and the ideals diversity represents.  The Hon. Mary Jane Theis, chief justice of the Illinois Supreme Court, was the recipient of the Unity Award, recognizing her significant achievements in promoting diversity in the legal community.



glenhagen farm retreat, an education 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, which 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. All are well-used by campers who have visited, 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.

In August 2021, the farm returned to hosting. Thirteen high school students and three of their teachers from Christo Rey Jesuit High School spent several days immersed in the farm’s 200 acres of pristine natural beauty. “A life changing experience,” wrote one of the students upon reflecting on his visit.

For many of these students, it was their first opportunity to enjoy pastoral and natural surroundings. The beautiful, tree-lined paths throughout the farm are a stark contrast to the concrete, bustling streets of their community. The students come from underserved families from various neighborhoods in Chicago and exploring glenhagen farm is like “stepping into another world.” There was a discussion on the life cycle of sweet corn, a tour of the cattle farm and a presentation by a Sierra Club spokesperson on environmental justice and stewardship, climate change and advocacy. The farm looks forward to hosting many more groups, continuing its mission of providing youth with a safe place to experience the wonders of nature.

Also, this past fall, Texas-raised singer/songwriter Michael Bellmont performed two concerts benefitting glenhagen farm at the home of Nancy Hagen and Andy Tecson. The programs offered a wonderful mix of musical styles and an informative conversation about the life-changing experiences offered by the camp.

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.