Miguel Keberlein Gutiérrez Named Emerging Leader Fellow

 Last month, The Chicago Community Trust announced its six Trust Fellows for 2014, and LAF’s own Miguel Keberlein Gutiérrez was on the list.  Miguel is the supervisor of the Illinois Migrant Legal Assistance Project (IMLAP) and Co-Director of the Immigrants and Worker’s Rights Practice Group here at LAF.  He was named an Emerging Leader by the Chicago Community Trust, metropolitan Chicago’s community foundation.  The Trust Fellowship recognized his leadership talent for nonprofit organizations, his excellence in the sector, and will grant $30,000 to Miguel to fund his professional development.

“The Trust Fellows are individuals who will pave the next decade of innovation for our region,” says Terry Mazany, president and chief executive officer of The Chicago Community Trust, and “we have a chance to celebrate the contributions of these individuals and support their innovative spirit.”

You can read more about the fellowship here, and read their profile of Miguel here.

Way to go, Miguel!




February 2014 eNewsletter

As we slog through polar vortex after polar vortex, we know that our clients are struggling with the weather even more than we are.  When the temperature drops down into the single digits and their heat gets turned off, real trouble comes fast.  Luckily, LAF has the resources to help.  Our attorneys, paralegals, and pro bono volunteers can contact the power company, call out a shady landlord, and get real help to our clients so they can get on with the rest of their lives in safety.
In this month’s eNewsletter, you can read about our pro bono volunteers who helped with nearly 600 cases last year.  You can learn about our Community Engagement Unit’s work, our new online access system for clients, and another training at McDermott Will & Emery for legal aid attorneys and paralegals from across the state who work on foreclosure prevention and litigation.  You can support all of these efforts by joining us at our Young Professionals Board’s second annual Justice is Served gala on March 7th.  Read more about the event below, and get your tickets here.  If you can’t join us that night, you can always make a tax-deductible donation to support our work.

Check it out here!

Juvenile Expungement App Victory

Sharlyn Grace, a VISTA attorney working with LAF’s Juvenile Expungement Help Desk, helped a group of high school students develop a website that allows people to find out if they are eligible for Juvenile Expungement and then leads them to the resources available at our Help Desk.  You can check out her new website app here. Since last night she has gotten 60 submissions via this Expungio App. 

And she’s been on the radio and the news to tell the story of this great achievement.  Check out the Vocalo Story here, and WGN’s coverage here.

Way to go, Sharlyn!