50th Anniversary of MLK’s Dream

The 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech this week got us thinking about Dr. King’s dream, that one day the fetters of poverty and discrimination would be lifted from the poorest and most vulnerable among us.Your support of LAF helps make that dream more of a reality for thousands of people living in Cook County.  It ensures we can continue to be there for the people who need us the most.  If you haven’t had an opportunity yet this year to make a financial investment in our work, you can make a contribution online today.  Together, we can keep working towards the vision, and the ideals, Dr. King articulated so powerfully 50 years ago on a hot August day in our nation’s capital.

And if you’ve never read the whole speech from beginning to end, you should check it out here!


CHA Drug Policies Unfair

photo from the Sun-Times Library

LAF’s own Larry Wood, director of our Housing Practice Group, wrote an Opinion piece for the Chicago Sun Times this week.  You can read the whole piece on the Sun Times’ website here.

He argues that the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) unfairly targets people of color with their drug testing policy.  “The CHA’s mandatory drug-testing policy only exacerbates this problem because it reinforces the erroneous assumption that CHA residents — all of whom are poor, and most of whom are black — use illegal drugs more frequently than other groups,”  Larry points out.

Larry goes on to point out that “it is time to stop relying on policies that are based on such misguided preconceptions. There is no evidence that such policies are effective, and the CHA can reduce drug-related crime without them.”  Way to go, Larry!


Adela Carlin Profile

Earlier this summer, LAF’s Community Engagement Unit (CEU) Director, Adela Carlin, worked with the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law in their Community Lawyering Training Program.  The Shriver Center recently profiled her awesome work on their website.  She talked to younger lawyers and encouraged them to “push the envelope a little bit and not to feel comfortable with what we are good at and what has worked in the past, but to look for new strategies and new challenges.”  You can read the whole profile here, and watch the video here.

Join us in congratulating Adela on everything she does for LAF, for the community, for our clients, and for her incredible dedication to the art of “community lawyering.”  Way to go, Adela!

From LAF to SNL!

Now that it’s Friday, you may be getting ready for the weekend, but one former LAF Vista is getting ready for something a little bigger. 

Claire Mulaney, who worked with LAF as a Bankruptcy Pro-Se Americorps Vista, will join the writing staff of Saturday Night Live for the coming season.  The Chicago Tribune also notes that “typically the show’s producers make such staffing decisions for the new TV season in mid-to-late August,” but Claire’s standout talent as a Chicago improv and sketch performer led them to announce her hire a few weeks ago.

Way to go, Claire!