Urgent Pro Bono Opportunity!

LAF’s Pro Bono Project has an urgent opportunity for a volunteer attorney to make a real difference in the life of a client’s family.  We have a case to appeal on behalf of a parent who is being indicted for endangering a child, for incidents the client was not involved in.  It is a good case, and can be resolved quickly.

The case will likely take 5-10 hours of volunteer work.  LAF is looking for an attorney with enough experience to take the lead on this case, though LAF will provide guidance and support. Experience can be gained in client interviewing, one-on-one client counseling, motion practice (there is a technical defense in this case) trial skills, and administrative hearings.  This matter is set for hearing on April 3, 2014. The client was already granted one continuance, and if a pro bono attorney is willing to take this, we would seek a continuance of the hearing to a later date, because there is insufficient time to prepare.  If an attorney asks for the continuance it has a better chance of being granted, than if the client goes in on her own.

Please contact Mara Block at mblock@lafchicago.org as soon as possible if you are interested or if you’d like more information.  Thank you.



Support LAF through Amazon Smile


LAF has recently registered with Amazon Smile, the charitable arm of the online store Amazon.com.  They will donate 0.5% of any Amazon customer’s purchases to the customer’s designated charitable organization.

That means you can donate to LAF just by buying all those things you were already buying online anyway.  It doesn’t increase your purchase price, so there is no downside to you as a customer, and your information stays completely confidential.  (The donation comes from Amazon, not from you, so they get the tax deduction and they don’t share any information with us about the customers or their purchases).  We just get some of the money that they got from you.  It’s that simple!

You can designate LAF as your charity of choice by clicking here, and we’ll start getting some of the money you were spending anyway.  Thank you for supporting LAF!

March 2014 eNewsletter

March certainly came in like a lion, and I think I can safely say we’re all ready for this winter to finally go out like a lamb.  Summer can’t come soon enough, but no matter what the weather does, our work at LAF continues day in and day out.  You can read more about all our efforts in this month’s edition of our eNewsletter.
The Chicago Community Trust recognized LAF’s own Miguel Keberlein Gutiérrez as an Emerging Leader in the community, our Public Benefits Practice Group helped secure financial stability for a cancer survivor and her daughter, our Juvenile Expungement project developed an App to increase awareness of its great work, and our Young Professionals Board raised more than $30,000 for LAF at their Justice is Served event while enjoying a fabulous evening of drinks, food, silent auction, and more.
As always, on behalf of the staff, the Board, and the clients we serve here at LAF, thank you for your generosity and support.  You can continue that support by making a tax-deductible donation right now.