Community Involvement

Tom has a long history of community involvement. His work to improve the lives of others has included:

• Sixth Grade teacher at St. Mark School in Humboldt Park from 1983-1985
• Volunteer coach and religious education teacher at St. Mark School in Humboldt Park from 1983-1988
• Helped organize and run volunteer immigration amnesty clinic in Humboldt Park in late 1980’s
• Board Member at Mercy Home for Boys and Girls for twenty-one years
• Volunteer coach for Evanston Baseball and Softball Association for four years
• Volunteer coach for Fellowship of African American Males (FAAM) community basketball program in Evanston for four years
• School Board Chairman at St. Athanasius School in Evanston
• Volunteer basketball coach at St. Athanasius School in Evanston
• Regular soup kitchen volunteer at Hilda’s Place for Connections for the Homeless in Evanston
• Volunteer for overnight homeless census in January 2013 for Connections for the Homeless in Evanston
• Member of Mayor’s Committee on Off-Shore Wind Power in Evanston
• Advisor to Technology Innovation Center in Evanston
• Advisor to Clean Energy Trust in Chicago
• Steering Committee Member for Midwest Energy and Sustainability Leadership Alliance (MESLA) in Chicago
• Member of the Energy Roundtable with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Legal Service/Involvement

• Appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court, Member of the Hearing Board of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission to judge claims of attorney misconduct
• Pro Bono attorney for Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, representing victims of home foreclosure
• Adjunct Professor of Law at Loyola University School of Law, primarily teaching trial techniques, rules of procedure and alternative dispute resolution
• Former Instructor in Continuing Legal Education courses for attorneys in courtroom advocacy with National Institute of Trial Advocacy
• Registered Mediator with the Circuit Court of Cook County, Law Division and Chancery Division
• Pro Bono mediator for Will County courts, small claims resolution