“I love this city, it’s been good to me. I’ve always wanted to help the people around me and now I have a chance to give back to the community.”
Glen Lerner Gives Back
Glen Lerner had a humble upbringing and understands the struggles that can deter people from their dreams. That is why he encourages the lawyers and support staff of his personal injury firm to pursue charitable activities and sponsorship opportunities within the communities where they live and work to help improve the lives of others.With the help of family and friends, great deeds have been achieved through the law firm’s charitable arm Glen Lerner Gives Back in Las Vegas, Pahrump, Phoenix, and Chicago. The law firm’s efforts through Glen Lerner Gives Back assist at-risk children, families and four-legged critters who face daily struggles during these hard economic times.
Charitable organizations they are involved with include:
- Speedway Children’s Charities
- Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada
- Little Friends Animal Foundation
- Las Vegas Sportz Foundation
- Shop with a Cop
Click here for an extended list of organizational groups Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys supports.
Glen Lerner Pays it Forward
Glen Lerner feels blessed to have been presented with opportunities that have made him the success that he is today. He believes in paying forward these blessing through acts of gratitude by giving something back to help make a positive community and social changes. Glen Lerner hopes that other business and individuals who can will also get involved and show an interest in making a difference and offering positive contributions within their own communities. Together the power of many joining together can make a difference.
Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys Present the 2017 Richard Nelson Courage Award
2017 Richard Nelson Courage Award Winner Isaiah Morris
On Saturday, June 3rd, Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys partnered with the annual Best of Nevada Preps award show to present the 2017 Richard Nelson Courage Award at the Venetian hotel-casino. There were 846 student-athletes in attendance representing 112 Nevada high schools at the 2017 Best of Nevada Preps Awards, which acknowledged the most outstanding athletes in the state from the 2016-2017 academic year to promote the benefits of sports. Hall of Fame NFL running back Marcus Allen spoke to the student-athletes in attendance and offered valuable advice about the transition from high school to college sports.
The Richard Nelson Courage Award was renamed this year to honor the late Richard Nelson’s legacy. Nelson, the first recipient of the Courage Award, was tragically shot and killed outside of his Mother’s home in Las Vegas while home on his winter break from Missouri State University. At University, Richard continued playing football after a very successful high school career in Nevada. Richard acted selflessly and proved how he embodied the merit behind the Courage Award when he intervened in a fight to defend his sister from an attacker. The senseless act of violence has deeply saddened the Missouri State University and greater Las Vegas communities, but the courage that Richard possessed lives on through the Courage Award that now bears his name.
Before passing away, Nelson shared a quote from his heart via social media that shows the drive he brought into all aspects of his life. Nelson stated, “I don’t want to wake up in the morning without a purpose to do something or make a change. Every day to me is a grind and always will be. Nothing comes easy, and I don’t like easy. Make me work for it so I know I earned it and deserved it, 100%.” This year’s Richard Nelson Courage Award recipient, Isaiah Morris, has also shown a clear understanding of the value of hard work.
From left to right: Craig Moon President and Publisher of Las Vegas Review-Journal, Roxanne Bruce, mother of the late Richard Nelson, NFL legend Marcus Allen, & Harlan Schillinger of Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys
Isaiah Morris led his team to a Class 3A State championship despite having to overcome adversity throughout his life. Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys of Las Vegas presented the 2017 Richard Nelson Courage award to Morris and explained his heartbreaking story to those in attendance at the Best of Nevada Preps awards. In his speech, Schillinger stated, “this young man, Isaiah Morris, endured a childhood filled with personal tragedy, but continued to excel on the football field. His father, Booker T. Morris, died before his son’s first birthday when he was hit by a car while riding his bike. Isaiah’s mother, Shatah Joshua-Dorsey, was killed in 2012 when she was struck by a pickup truck while crossing the street.” Morris’s immense work ethic and talent are evidenced by his standout senior season, during which he rushed for 1,816 yards and 24 touchdowns. Like Richard Nelson, Morris’s path to football success was earned through the unrelenting hard work he put into his craft and himself behind the scenes. Morris received an offer to continue his football career into college while staying in his hometown of Las Vegas, and has committed to be on the football team at the University of Nevada Las Vegas next season.
Everyone from Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys was honored to sponsor the award show and be associated with the 2017 Richard Nelson Courage Award. The firm is pleased that a person of Isaiah Morris’s caliber is staying in the community beyond high school, where the courage he possesses through life can serve as an advertisement of what to do write. Glen Lerner Gives Back is committed to supporting the community and helping to improve the lives of others, and the positive impact of high school sports on the youth in Nevada cannot be overstated. Participation in athletics can teach children to set and strive toward goals, believe in themselves, and overcome obstacles in other aspects of life.
Nevada is home to some of the best high school athletic talent in the nation, and Glen Lerner Gives Back firmly believes in celebrating and promoting the impressive successes of the area’s youth. Glen Lerner’s own humble upbringing sparked a desire to improve the lives of the people around him, and the Best of Nevada Preps award show served as a fantastic platform to recognize the young people who have shed a positive spotlight on the area. As part of the law firm’s charitable arm, Glen Lerner Gives Back supports the community through scholarships and other sponsorships. Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys provides legal support to individuals who have suffered injuries from automobile accidents and help people receive the compensation they deserve.
Glen Lerner Gives Back Supports the 2017 STH Walk
Sojourner Truth House, a ministry of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, is hosting its annual Walk for STH on June 10th, 2017 from 8-11 am. This event seeks to raise $115,000.00 needed to continue to provide direct services to at-risk-homeless woman and children in Gary, Indiana.
On any given month, over 2,000 clients come to STH seeking assistance. Each of them is given individualized care and attention with the ultimate goal of every woman and child experiencing hope and healing through the services they provide. Some of these services include daily meals, clothing, transportation, transitional housing assistance, and personal enrichment and wellness courses.
For us, having witnessed firsthand STH at work, it is evident that they are maximizing every dollar and every inch of their facility to impact the lives of some of the most vulnerable in Gary, Indiana.
We are excited about this upcoming fundraising event and encourage the community at large to participate and donate towards this great cause. The Walk for STH is a family-friendly event and everyone is welcome to attend!
We Love Northwest Indiana
There are many reasons why Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys loves Northwest Indiana. These top our list:
Northwest Indiana is Where We Do Business
This region has been home to Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys since 2013. Our local personal injury office located at 421 W 81st Ave in Merrillville has successfully served hundreds of clients from Lake, Porter, and La Porte counties over the past 4 years.
Northwest Indiana is Where We Live and Work
Our managing attorney, Jonathan Faust was born and raised in Lafayette, Indiana and currently resides in northwest Indiana with his family. This makes us a local firm, managed by a local Indiana attorney serving the needs of the hardworking families in the region.
Northwest Indiana is Where We Serve
There is nothing we desire more than to support our local community and be a part of the fabric that makes this region a great place to live, work and serve.
Our personal injury firm strives to be known for exceptional legal representation and responsible community engagement through our charitable initiative called Glen Lerner Gives Back.
Our community engagement is based on long-term, organic relationships with our neighbors and partnerships with local organizations and businesses seeking to enhance or improve the quality of life of the local community through grassroots efforts.
Some of these great organizations include:
- Bethel Church (Gary)
- Bethel City Life Center (Gary)
- Campagna Academy,(Schererville)
- Embassies of Christ (Gary)
- Faith Community Development Corporation (Gary)
- Gary Downtown Emerson Spotlight (Gary)
- Habitat for Humanities- ReStore (Gary)
- Miller Spotlight (Gary)
- Progressive Community Church (Gary)
- Sojourner Truth House (Gary)
- The Crown Point Community Foundation (Crown Point)
- The Lake County Crossroads Regional Chamber (Merrillville)
- The Legacy Foundation (Merrillville)
- The Salvation Army (Gary/Merrillville)
- Town of Merrillville (Merrillville)
Jonathan Faust is the Managing Attorney of the Chicago and Merrillville accident and injury law firms of Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Ball State University in 2004. Jonathan earned his Juris Doctor degree, Magna Cum Laude, from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, where he was also a member and Associate Editor of the Indiana Law Review. While in law school, Jonathan interned with the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office, serving in the Major Felony Narcotics Division. He also served as a judicial extern with the Head Magistrate of the Marion County Juvenile Court. Jonathan was named Robert H. McKinney’s 2010 Client Counseling Competition Champion and earned the distinction of ABA Regional Client Counseling Competition semi-finalist.
Jonathan’s decision to practice personal injury law is rooted in his desire to help and serve others. He has dedicated his legal career to making a difference in the lives of victims harmed by the negligent actions of others. Over the past 5 years, he has personally helped hundreds of accident and injury victims recover millions of dollars from insurance companies for medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages.
Jonathan is a proud member of the Christian Legal Society and Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. He is a lifelong supporter of Purdue University Athletics and a loyal member of the John Purdue Club. He and his wife Megan, live with their three children in Northwest Indiana. Jonathan is licensed to practice law in Indiana and Illinois.
The Maywood Chess Club
Just down the street from our Glen Lerner Injury Attorney’s office in Maywood is a community program that teaches important life lessons to kids using the game of chess. The Maywood chess club under the direction of former library trustee Mr. Gordon Hanson meets every Wednesday from 5 to 7 pm at the Maywood Library.
On any given week around 15 kids participate in the club. The kids range from having zero knowledge of the game to those considered “tournament” ready. At the club, the kids play and learn from one another. They also benefit from the instruction and mentoring from Mr. Hanson and a couple of his adult volunteers. Having other caring adults there ensure that each child is given the attention they need to improve in their game. The club is always looking for a few more volunteers.
For Mr. Hanson, chess is not just a game. He believes that chess can teach kids transferable skills needed to navigate other areas of life. As in chess, kids learn that life is about making the right moves and that every move has consequences. In a recent interview Hanson said, “If you make a good move, you have a good consequence. The thing is… you have to know how to strategize and think several moves ahead in order to get the outcome you want.”
Playing chess on a regular basis can also:
- Raise a person’s IQ
- It exercises both sides of the brain.
- It helps improve memory and concentration
- It teaches planning and foresight
- It increases problem-solving skills and creativity
- It builds inner confidence
Compared to the games played by most kids today, chess can dramatically impact a kid’s life in a positive way. Thank You Mr. Gordon Hanson for your personal donation of time, talent and treasure on behalf of the kids in Maywood and for the opportunity you extended to us to get involved. We consider this a strategic move!
Spring Break Safe Haven for Chicago Area Youth
Spring Break Safe Haven for Area YouthOver the past few months, our personal injury firm has become a fan of the Chicago Police Department’s CAPS program. CAPS, (which stands for “Community Alternative Policing Strategy”) seeks to bring the community and other agencies together to identify and solve neighborhood crime problems, rather than simply react to their symptoms.
We believe the CAPS mission aligns with the Glen Lerner Gives Back vision to become immersed in the local neighborhoods and the lives of residents throughout our city. Glen Lerner Gives Back had the opportunity to partner with the CAPS program to create a “Safe Haven” for Chicago Police Department – District 009 area youth during the week of April 10th-14th.
With the CAPS strategy in hand, and recognizing the urgent need addressed by the local community, Glen Lerner Gives Back committed the resources needed to provide 5 days of safe recreational activities for local area kids. CAPS officers and local community leaders collaborated to determine which age range and neighborhood areas would benefit most from a week of programming that consisted of what we termed, “Recreation and Inspiration”. It was determined that the program would be open to youths ages 7-15.
Our “Safe Haven Spring Break” kicked off at 9:30 am on April 10th, starting with a continental breakfast coordinated by the CPD and funded by Target. This breakfast was provided every morning of the program and was a key component of the day, as many of the kids come from homes where breakfast is often unavailable.
After breakfast, the youth would spend over two hours playing soccer and basketball and enjoying the many amenities of Chicago Indoor Sports, who graciously hosted our event. (Mr. John Burns and the entire facility staff, went above and beyond to welcome the kids)
The youth were given full access to all the facility had to offer, which included unlimited game access to the Razzmatazz Arcade, and provided a pizza lunch every day. On Wednesday, the 12th, the kids enjoyed a roller skating party at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park & Family Entertainment Center.
Our firm was also fortunate to receive the much-needed and greatly appreciated time and efforts of Bridgeport community chaperones, coaches, and youth leaders. They made themselves available daily to not only provide supervision but to interact with the children and serve as positive role models. Some of them even got to share their stories during the “Daily Inspiration Youth Chat” and informal conversations throughout the day. Our very own Glen Lerner shared his personal story of being raised by a single parent on welfare, with a dad in prison and how with God’s help he persevered and overcame those setbacks. Glen’s background resonated with the youth, and his story inspired them, along with his advice to have goals, work hard, and to trust God with their futures.
The success of this week was a result of the collective efforts of the community. It was also a powerful testimony of what can be accomplished when groups collaborate to identify issues, work to solve them and make a positive impact where it is needed most.
Our gratitude and appreciation go out to Senator Antonio Munoz, Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council/Craig Chico, City Year, Brenda Davis, 9th District Police, Commander Stephen Chung, Sgt. Ken Janeczko, Sgt. John Verta, P.O. Sabrina King, P.O. Cheryl Clark, P.O. Kevin Rochwicz, P.O. Jim McAndrew, P.O. Jim Campagna, P.O. Oscar Escalante, CAPS implementation office/Rick Contreras and Terry Wenta, San Miguel School/Salvador Chavez, Fuller Park/Lisa Simpson, Sherman Park/Marvin Tolbert, Theresa Johnson, Hermitage Park/Monique Whitfield, Kelly Park/Luis Ruiz, Brighton Park/Jennifer Ruiz, and Cornell Park.