Legal Aid Matters Episode 05:

Regina Hernandez is a staff attorney with LAF’s volunteer services unit, where she recruits and manages volunteers to stretch our services to as many clients as possible. She also runs our community legal clinics, where several times a month we serve large numbers of people with free, walk-in meetings with attorneys who advise on legal…

Honoring Tim Hufman, an LAF legend

Below is a message from Larry Wood, Director of LAF’s housing practice group, in honor of longtime LAF attorney Tim Hufman, as Tom retires from a long career in legal aid. After more than thirty-eight years at LAF, Tim Hufman retired on September 7, 2018.  At the end of such a long career, there’s a…

Meet Samantha Cripe

For the last year, Samantha Cripe has served as a VISTA leader for LAF and a number of other legal service organizations around Chicago and across the state of Illinois. She leads forty-five VISTAs (short for “Volunteers in Service to America”), who volunteer full-time for a year at organizations working on poverty reduction. Whatever organization…

Legal Aid Matters Episode 3: LAF and CLC take on Chicago Public Schools

National Teacher’s Academy (NTA) is a high-performing (Level 1+) elementary school on Chicago’s near south side, serving students who are 80% African American and 80% low-income. In February, Chicago Public School approved a plan to close NTA and convert the campus into a new high school, despite the school’s remarkable success and despite the passionate…

Legal Aid Matters Episode 2 with Larry Wood

Episode 2 of LAF’s new podcast Legal Aid Matters podcast is now available. The show features Larry Wood, Director of our Housing Practice Group, in conversation with host Nubia Willman. Larry has spent the last 28 years at LAF, and in that time become a leading expert on housing-related issues that affect people in poverty, especially…

Picking up the pace for military veterans across the country

LAF’s Veterans’ Rights Task Force spends a lot of time corresponding with the Veterans Administration (VA) to resolve veteran benefit issues. Since benefits are based on military service and discharge, the first step in the process is getting the VA to produce a client’s medical and personnel records. Even with LAF attorneys’ legal expertise in…