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Demetrius Carney

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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Lawyer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Vegetables, Sushi
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
Ski The Mountain In Front Of You.

Birthplace

Born:
4/29/1947
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Lawyer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Vegetables, Sushi
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
Ski The Mountain In Front Of You.

Birthplace

Born:
4/29/1947
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Corporate lawyer and Chicago police board president Demetrius Edward Carney was born on April 29, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois to James and Jessie Carney. Carney attended Chicago’s Holy Angels Catholic School and Joachim Junior High School. He went on to graduate in 1969 from De La Salle High School. Afterwards, Carney attended Loyola University where he initially pursued a degree in mathematics, but decided to change his major to psychology.

Carney graduated from Loyola University in 1972 and went on to work as a teacher at Chicago’s St. Ignatius College Preparatory High School. While working as a teacher, Carney was encouraged by a colleague to pursue a law degree. He then enrolled at DePaul University and graduated with his J.D. degree in 1974.

Also in 1974, Carney joined the law firm of Butler, Todd & Tucker. He left the firm in 1977 and partnered with Jerome Butler and formed the private practice of Butler & Carney. Then in 1978, he was hired by Lafontant, Wilkins & Butler and represented several organizations including Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Carney went on to form Carney & Brothers in 1985. He worked there until 1995 when he began working at the law firm of Wildman, Harold, Allen & Dixon, focusing his practice in the areas of real estate development. In 2003, Carney joined the Seattle based-firm, Perkins Coie, where he began specializing in the areas of government relations and lobbying issues.

Carney became the chairman of the Chicago police board. His other affiliations include the Cook County Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the National Bar Association. He serves on the board of trustees at St. Ignatius College Preparatory High School and on the board of directors at the Chicago Culture Center Foundation. Carney is a former commissioner and planning commissioner for the City of Chicago.

Carney lives in Chicago, Illinois.

Carney was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on February 5, 2008.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Demetrius Carney's interview, session 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Demetrius Carney lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Demetrius Carney describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Demetrius Carney recalls his maternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Demetrius Carney describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Demetrius Carney describes his father's craftwork
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Demetrius Carney describes his parents' relationship
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Demetrius Carney describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Demetrius Carney describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Demetrius Carney remembers moving with his family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Demetrius Carney describes the sights and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Demetrius Carney recalls the Holy Angels Catholic School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Demetrius Carney describes the sounds of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Demetrius Carney remembers the Holy Angels Catholic School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Demetrius Carney describes the racial demographics at the Holy Angels Catholic School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Demetrius Carney recalls his early personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Demetrius Carney recalls camping at the Abraham Lincoln Center in Janesville, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Demetrius Carney remembers his penmanship
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Demetrius Carney recalls his early interest of reading
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Demetrius Carney remembers his family's gatherings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Demetrius Carney recalls moving to a white neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Demetrius Carney describes the Chatham neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Demetrius Carney recalls his experiences at the St. Joachim School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Demetrius Carney recalls his decision to attend the De La Salle Institute in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Demetrius Carney remembers the De La Salle Institute
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Demetrius Carney remembers the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Demetrius Carney remembers his early work experiences
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Demetrius Carney recalls his decision to attend Loyola University Chicago
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Demetrius Carney remembers Loyola University Chicago
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Demetrius Carney remembers his first teaching position
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Demetrius Carney recalls his activism at Loyola University Chicago
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Demetrius Carney talks about his work ethic
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Demetrius Carney recalls teaching at St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Demetrius Carney recalls his admission to the DePaul University College of Law, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Demetrius Carney recalls his admission to the DePaul University College of Law, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Demetrius Carney describes his law school experiences
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Demetrius Carney remembers his early legal career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Demetrius Carney recalls joining the law firm of Tucker, Watson, Butler and Todd
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Demetrius Carney recalls founding a law firm
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Demetrius Carney recalls joining the law firm of Lafontant, Wilkins and Butler
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Demetrius Carney remembers the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Demetrius Carney remembers his legal work for the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Demetrius Carney remembers his legal work for the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Demetrius Carney recalls his challenges while working for the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Demetrius Carney recalls founding the Carney and Brothers law firm
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Demetrius Carney recalls the clientele of his law firm
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Demetrius Carney remembers the American Lawyers Consortium, Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Demetrius Carney recalls the success of his law firm
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Demetrius Carney describes his public finance work
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Demetrius Carney remembers his mentor, Earl Neal
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Demetrius Carney recalls his decision to leave Carney and Brothers, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Demetrius Carney recalls his decision to leave Carney and Brothers, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Demetrius Carney talks about his medical condition
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Demetrius Carney describes his medical condition, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Demetrius Carney describes his medical condition, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Demetrius Carney recalls his decision to leave Carney and Brothers
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Demetrius Carney recalls the return of his brain tumor
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Demetrius Carney recalls his experience at Wildman, Harold and Dixon LLP
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Demetrius Carney recalls his clientele at Wildman, Harold and Dixon
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Demetrius Carney recalls his decision to join Perkins Coie LLP
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Demetrius Carney talks about diversity in law practice
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Demetrius Carney describes his law practice at Perkins Coie LLP
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Demetrius Carney recalls his role on the City of Chicago Plan Commission
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Demetrius Carney recalls his appointment to the Chicago Police Board
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Demetrius Carney recalls the fatal shooting of LaTanya Haggerty
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Slating of Demetrius Carney's interview, session 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Demetrius Carney describes his tenure on the Chicago Police Board
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Demetrius Carney recalls his challenges on the Chicago Police Board
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Demetrius Carney reflects upon his career
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Demetrius Carney recalls how he began working with airport concessionaires
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Demetrius Carney describes his legal work with airport concessionaires
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Demetrius Carney reflects upon the history of African American law firms
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Demetrius Carney talks about the future of minority law firms
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - Demetrius Carney reflects upon his legal career
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Demetrius Carney reflects upon his career
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Demetrius Carney describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Demetrius Carney reflects upon the legacy of his generation
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Demetrius Carney describes his mentorship of young lawyers
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Demetrius Carney talks about racial discrimination in the United States
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - Demetrius Carney reflects upon the political history of Chicago
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - Demetrius Carney talks about his family
  • Tape: 9 Story: 8 - Demetrius Carney reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 9 Story: 9 - Demetrius Carney describes his legacy and how he would like to be remembered